It’s an all-too-common narrative for stars of televised talent shows to fade into the woodwork after a hit or two, but Taylor Henderson has refused to let his big break define him.
The singer-songwriter placed third in 2010’s Australia’s Got Talent and was runner-up in The X Factor in 2013, which landed him a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. From there, it was up to him to reestablish his place in the music scene without the assistance of the platforms that got him there, a task that he evidently navigated with ease.
Taylor released his self-titled debut album in November 2013 followed by second LP Burnt Letters in 2014, both of which ranked at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. He continued to remain in the public eye by touring, including a support slot for American pop duo MKTO, while receiving nominations from Channel [V] Awards, World Music Awards, and ARIA Music Awards for hit track Borrow My Heart.
“Reinventing is always fun, it’s not a worry to me,” Taylor tells Clique. “I feel it’s exciting to experiment and try something new. As long as I believe in it, then I know others will too.”
Taylor has shown no signs of slowing down, with 2016 seeing some significant developments in the 23-year-old’s career. The singer-songwriter wrote a track for Australian film Spin Out and featured as a cameo in the true-blue comedy, which was released in cinemas on September 15.
“Spin Out was a very interesting opportunity. The producers loved my voice and basically hunted me down until they found me and asked to write them a song for their movie,” shares Taylor.
The film features single Light Up The Dark from upcoming album One More Minute, which is set to be released on November 4.
“Expect to hear songs that’ll tell you stories in a way you’ve never before. A lot happened to me over the last two years from the happiest of times to the worst of them. So be prepared,” shares Taylor.
Perhaps it is Taylor’s easygoing, positive attitude that has allowed the young singer-songwriter to break free from the constraints of being pigeonholed as a competitor in a talent show to a relevant contributor to Australia’s music industry.
And as for his advice to fellow young musicians trying to make it big?
“Don’t let anyone crush your ideas. They are what make you, you. So be confident, and be proud of what you have to bring to the table.”
Taylor Henderson’s third album will be released on November 4. You can pre-order via his website now.