Russell Taylor Wins First Ever Crowd-sourced Spot for December 2013! VH1’s esteemed “You Oughta Know” music discovery franchise extends its diverse roster of emerging musical talent into the new year with the addition of independent soul singer Russell Taylor (December 2013). Russell Taylor, will benefit from a month long TV, web, mobile and social awareness campaign and will join the ranks of famous “You Oughta Know” alumni including Adele, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and many more.
Russell Taylor becomes the first to win the coveted “You Oughta Know” distinction after beating over four hundred competitors in VH1’s first ever crowd-sourced contest on artists.VH1.com, VH1’s music discovery site. Taylor, a native of New York, will be deemed VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artist for the month of December 2013. Taylor has recently completed his independently produced album, “War of Hearts.” The second single, “Electric,” will be released in December ahead of the album’s January 2014 launch. “We couldn’t be happier with these outstanding additions to the franchise,” said Rick Krim, EVP Music and Talent Programming, VH1. “As an emerging artist with diverse musical influences and incredible talent, Russell Taylor is the embodiment of what the ‘You Oughta Know’ franchise is all about.” Russell Taylor, will benefit from significant cross-platform promotion via frequent music video plays, a custom promo spot, interviews on VH1’s music-oriented Tuner blog, VH1’s Top 20 Countdown, mention on VH1’s morning show “Big Morning Buzz Live” and much more.
The announcement follows on the heels of VH1’s inaugural “You Oughta Know Concert” special, which aired on Thursday, November 21 and has been streamed almost 200,000 times via web and VH1’s digital app. The concert featured performances by past and present VH1 “You Oughta Know” artists including Haim , Johnny Swim, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Matt Nathanson and The Lumineers. Since its launch in 2005, VH1’s “You Oughta Know” franchise has introduced promising new artists on the rise and served as a barometer for what and who’s hot in music today. Many “You Oughta Know” artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including “Best New Artist” Grammy Awards and nominations. This highly acclaimed franchise has helped break artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Foster the People, Gotye, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars and many, many more.
ABOUT RUSSELL TAYLOR: Real artistry is about peeling back the layers of your soul and allowing the creative truth to take form. Russell Taylor taps into that creative space and unlocks a masterpiece in his latest musical offering, War of Hearts, on his own Indigo Blue label. Far from a novice in the music game, Russell – a self-professed nomad – has poured out his heart and soul on the world stages, including stops in London, Amsterdam and Paris as well as famed stateside venues from The Mint and The Roxy in Los Angeles to SOB’s and Joe’s Pub in New York. Through his travels, Russell has created a fan base as diverse as his multi-genre catalog of recordings. Russell’s previous offerings Somewhere In Between (2007), Confessional (a soundtrack), and ‘must have records’ (2010) are sprinkled with gentle gems like the alluring “2B Loved” and the stripped down, acoustic brilliance of “All Said & Done” to the sexually charged “Hands 2 Myself” and the military cadence of “Fair Game,” and have satisfied the appetites of music lovers the world over. Additionally, Russell has shared the stage with major artists from Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and India Arie, to legends Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle; an amazing fete for an independent artist. Collaborating with Nicholas Ryan Grant and Salakida Kali, the Needlz (Lil’ Wayne, Bruno Mars, Swizz Beats) produced track “Foolish Heart” examines the joys and pains of a tumultuous love affair. “Love is pleasure. Love is pain. Without the fire, It don’t feel the same.” Grammy-winning super producer Needlz captured the soul of this angelic track. This ‘multi-genre-influenced’ soul-singer embraces the beautiful imperfections of his voice. “I have a pretty good range,” admits Russell. “It’s gravelly and [in the past] I didn’t like the sound of that. But the producers that I am working on with this album were like, ‘That’s what makes your voice beautiful. It’s dope! Push it! It’s genuine and authentic,” Russell’s creativity is not just relegated the musical genre; The Great White Way has called as well. Russell makes his Broadway directorial debut in Gems for one night only, November 8. 2012. This multi-hyphenate has also directed plays including For Colored Girls (New School University) as well mentoring urban youths of color in the arts. Real and honest are the elements that define the essence of War of Hearts and Russell has created the album he was born to make.
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