Riva Taylor - This Woman's Heart

Riva Taylor - This Woman's Heart

Riva Taylor – This Woman’s Heart

 

Artist Name:  Riva Taylor

 

Song Title: This Woman’s Heart

 

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

I’m very excited and encouraged by the response to the new music!

 

Having created an album with different feels for different people is important to me.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

Listenability, and the extent it provokes emotion.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with.

I’ve been lucky to collaborate with some great writers and producers on the album including Jamie Hartman, James Walsh, Jonathan Quarmby, Tim Bran.

 

They’ve made some amazing music and written songs for artists we all know and I’m very privileged to have them as part of the album.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

Friends – like a favourite song you want to hear again and again, it’s a series. I’ll always revisit to put a smile on my face. It’s like catching up with an old friend!

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

The mood is usually extreme! Hurt, recovered, and reflective. I think it is a good combination for my creativity.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

I see them as two different things! For me, success is a far more attractive prospect. While fame sometimes goes hand in hand with success – it doesn’t have to. And, success is a more personal measure of your own satisfaction with results.

 

I’ll give you an example. A year ago, I released a song – Elton John heard it, played it on his radio station, and added it to his Spotify playlist. I would love for many more people to discover that song and champion it like Elton has. But so far, he is one of few people to have discovered it.

 

Success and personal satisfaction for me in this instance are having the support of a musician whose talent and ear I admire greatly – as opposed to it having made me ‘famous.’

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with.

I’d love to collaborate with so many musicians, – Emeli Sande would be cool, I’d love to write a song with her.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

Wow – it was a while ago. I was on the West End stage at 7 here in London, I never looked back. It made me fall in love with the idea of being a performer.

 

I was in the studio (properly) when I was 11/12 when I had my first recording deal. It was Abbey Road Studios so you could stay. I started my career on a high!  It was magical being in a studio steeped in so much history.

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

I love to travel when I write – I like to approach it collaboratively after I’ve developed an idea on my own.

 

The album has been written between LA/Nashville, Berlin, Stockholm, and London.

 

In terms of inspiration – that can come from anywhere. A place, a moment in time, or another person’s story. I like to put myself in situations and a headspace where I’m receptive to these inspirations.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

I’m all about it. My music is a blend of so many genres and influences that have made a mark on me over the years.

 

The new album is a blend of electronic and organic sounds and touches straddle worlds of pop, classical and there are even subtle elements of R&B.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

It’s a part of being an artist! You can’t expect everyone to like your music and style and with subjectivity comes rejection. I deal with it and move on.

 

I also love criticism, it’s a fuel for improvement. So long as you (and your team) are confident in your efforts and the music you are making is resonating with an audience, however big that maybe, the aim is to find more people like them.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

The joy it brings me, I love experimenting with my voice. Fans! They keep encouraging me to keep writing and putting music out there.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

I have a home set up for writing.

 

But when it comes to recording my vocals for an album, I use a vocal producer and engineer so I can focus on the performing.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

That’s one for the producer. Who usually uses Pro Tools or Logic.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.

I honestly could be here all day talking about this – it is a topic that fascinates and equally frustrates me sometimes as an artist, but we are living through an interesting digital revolution where albums are becoming a thing of the past, in place of the Spotify playlist.

 

I believe there will continue to be a demand for an artist’s album for now, and I hope I’m right. It was very important for me to release a full body of work and to take the listener on a journey with my music. The digital age has destroyed that process.

 

But similarly, had enabled the discovery of artists and new forms of music. Music is more accessible than ever before which I think is fantastic.

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Elaborate on your favourite album track.

Tricky one – I have a different favourite depending on my mood but I do love my latest single – Jealous. It’s the more daring I’ve been musically, and I loved making the video for that one too. It’s an indication of what’s to come from me musically.

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Elaborate on the name Riva Taylor and the title of the album.

Riva Taylor is the ‘found’ ‘adult’ Becky Taylor (my name and my artist name for my previous records). It’s a name that I acquired five or so years ago, stuck and I haven’t turned back.

 

This Woman’s Heart is the title of the album. It’s a statement that I’m now a woman, not the little girl artist I was previously, and I’m bearing my heart in this album – it’s a personal statement of where I have come from and where I am now.

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POWERHOUSE RIVA TAYLOR RELEASES HER DEBUT ALBUM THIS WOMAN’S HEART .1

 

‘This Woman’s Heart’ is set to be released worldwide in two halves throughout 2020, beginning with ‘1’ which launched on 27th March 2020.

 

It features her signature vocal-driven power pop, influenced by soulful female icons like Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, and Adele.

 

“This album is very much about a woman’s journey through her twenties, shedding some innocence, learning important life lessons and emerging as a very different person at the back end,” Riva explains. “With age, I’ve opened up more; this first half is the dark half, the dark heart, and is written about the trials and tribulations of those wilderness years.”

 

This compilation encapsulates a story not just of personal devastation and recovery, but of a resilient woman who is finally finding herself through her music.

 

It traces her journey over the past decade into womanhood and tells the listener of how a previous relationship tore her apart, and how she put herself back together. “The second half is the resolved heart, the happier heart. It’s about broken hearts but bright futures, that there is an outcome and it can be positive.” Says Riva.

 

The seven songs that make up the first of the two releases – as inventive as they are evocative – could barely be more rent with heartbreak and introspection.

 

This Woman’s Heart .1 Track List

 

EDM-infused track ‘Jealous’ finds her struggling with feeling envious of her ex’s strength in moving on with a new partner. “I had a few problems at school with some of my peers, just after I landed my first deal, so jealousy is something I wanted to stay away from when naming this song, but it felt right. It’s a horrible thing to deal with.”

 

 

The deceptively upbeat synth-pop of ‘Chaos Killed The Thrill ‘, was written in just 45 minutes in Berlin and dissects how old baggage can destroy a couple who “were never a whole piece of the jigsaw anyway.”

 

‘My Mouth’ is a track that appeared on Elton John’s Beats 1 radio show Rocket Hour, and Elton declared he ‘loved it.’  “It was revamped for the album and encapsulates the things you can’t say in a relationship: “I’m not happy, why am I feeling this way? I was in a relationship that I knew was wrong, and I didn’t feel comfortable.”

 

The centerpiece is the title track, ‘This Woman’s Heart’, which was eighteen months in the making and is a bold, beautiful statement of Riva’s artistic maturity. “It’s me identifying as a woman,” she says. “I always found it difficult to say I was a woman because being a little girl with a big voice was part of my artistic identity for so long. Even in the years leading up to finding Riva Taylor, I still felt very young, like I was fighting my past while trying to navigate my way through a new chapter in music and find my real identity.”

 

The regretful, Latin-flecked ‘Let Go Too Soon’ opens up with a recording of something Riva said to her therapist: “Do you ever fully let go, do you ever fully forget?” This song reflects her state of heartbreak and uncertainty during a writing trip in a place Riva identifies as her “second home,” Los Angeles.

 

‘Raining Tears’ is pure hip-hop/gospel desolation penned by songwriting collaborator and hitmaker Jamie Hartman (‘Human’ Rag n’ Bone Man, ‘Hold Me While You Wait’, Lewis Capaldi): “It’s one of the most honest in the moment, desperate songs, where there isn’t an ‘everything’s going to be fine’, it’s a ‘I have just had my heart ripped out'” moment.

 

Smooth pop ballad ‘Running At Walls’ explores the fruitlessness of keeping a fading summertime affair alive into winter. Written with Starsailor frontman James Walsh “exactly a year ago at the beginning of September, using walls as a metaphor for the repeat problems and obstacles in a relationship.”

 

Riva Taylor has spent the past six years rebuilding and remoulding herself to become a mature and compelling artist in her own right. It was her experiences during her childhood career touring the world under the wings of superstars, that have laid the solid foundations for her authentic songwriting today. This woman’s heart is wide open. Sink in.

 

Riva Taylor is a successful artist who is doing things on her own terms. A strong woman who has reinvented herself as a singer, songwriter, label owner, and women’s activist. And, the world has taken notice.

 

The first fruits of the Riva Taylor era saw a remix of 2017’s single ‘Deeper Than Us’ hit the Music Week chart at Number 2 receiving support from DJ Pete Tong at Radio One and Tiesto.

 

A follow-up, 2018’s sad, soulful and stirring ‘My Mouth,’ built upon Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata’ but reaching for the stars, found its way onto Elton John’s Beats 1 radio show Rocket Hour, who declared he ‘loved it.’ By the summer of 2019, she found herself premiering her new material supporting the iconic Barbra Streisand at the British Summer Time festival in front of 65,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.

 

Riva: a Hebrew derivative of Rebecca, meaning ‘maiden’ or, in some languages, a cleft in rock – riven. It felt like the right sort of name for a new life and bolder direction, a name with fire. The West End spotlights, the roar of the sporting stadiums, the royal acknowledgments – that was Becky Jane Taylor’s childhood, a chapter left behind.

 

Starting out as a young star, a seven-year-old Becky secured her first West End role as ‘Jondrette girl’, Eponine in the musical Les Miserables. Stardom was quick to follow with TV appearances, British Arts Awards, and a record deal.

 

At just 12-years-old, Becky became the youngest person ever to sign to EMI Records. After making her stage debut at a Farm Aid benefit gala at the Royal Albert Hall and garnering praise from HRH Prince Charles. She went on to perform at proms and celebrity events, flew to the US to be interviewed by Usher, and sang alongside Michael Ball at the 2006 FA Cup Final.

Her rich, lustrous, and genre-straddling voice made her three albums – A Dream Come True (2001), Shine (2004), and By Your Side (2005) achieved hits around the globe, and Becky toured with the likes of Alfie Boe, Katie Melua, and Jose Carreras.

 

After a natural break from her early career came, Becky decided to take time out to study for a History degree at the University of Durham. Upon graduation, she launched straight back onto a tour with tenor Alfie Boe, which proved to be a wake-up call.

 

It was also the birth of Riva after she was chosen to record ‘The Creed’ in 2014, the doomy, epic soundtrack song for the Assassin’s Creed video game series. She was also the only singer to perform on the Video Games Live World Tour that year and open the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards), it was the start of a new phase of her life and deserved a new persona.

 

Reborn, Riva began hunting down critically acclaimed producers and co-writers and piecing together 40 tracks over the next five years. In LA she worked with Hans Zimmer’s team at Remote Control and Jamie Hartman at the legendary Village Recorder studio.

 

Riva is also an advocate for emerging female talent in the arts. Her two-years running sell-out Writing Round series at London’s Roundhouse, a songwriter’s circle in collaboration with Nashville songwriter Jeff Cohen, led to the launch of TWH in 2020 – a community that supports and connects women in the arts. The first series of TWH exhibitions and events will launch this summer.


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