GAMBO, NL – For the Taylors of Gambo, music is a family affair.
Mike Taylor plays bass and guitar, as does his father, who also plays mandolin and is now learning to play the accordion.
“It’s just right through the family,” said Mike. “It’s something we love.”
The Taylors’ love for music captivated Mike as a child and still flourishes in his family – his 15-year-old daughter Hayley’s interest in music was sparked early as she was surrounded by people who loved music.
“A lot of people in the family came with music in their blood – my dad, uncles. They just loved music in general,” Hayley said.
“As a kid I’d be singing in the car. I wasn’t able to sing a pitch, but it was all I wanted to do and my main focus.
“I just wanted to sing.”
According to Hayley’s mother Jennifer, “things began to click for her when she started to learn how to play the guitar, and that is when things started to come together.”
“It didn’t sound like gibberish anymore,” Jennifer laughed.
Hayley’s confidence and music skills developed, and at age 12 she started performing at various functions throughout central Newfoundland.
In March, Hayley signed a three-year, three-album recording contract with Citadel House. Her first album, “Here We Go,” was released in August and has since garnered a lot of attention.
Christmas is particularly special time for the Taylor family, one they look forward to. A running Christmas tradition in the Taylor household, as you would expect, revolves around music.
“Someone in the house will get a musical instrument for Christmas. It’s always somebody,” Jennifer said.