It’s hard to imagine that a girl growing up with a love for video games and an early interest in the violin would ultimately turn into the global phenomenon and crossover sensation artist that is Taylor Davis. A self-admitted “proud nerd” and still an avid gamer, her unique arrangements of many of gaming, anime and film’s most iconic soundtracks have been viewed over 300 million times by her delighted audience of over 2 million YouTube subscribers. “I credit my mom for so much of my success as she’d only let me play my video games after I’d practiced my violin,” Taylor laughs. “I was so into gaming it was all the incentive I needed!”
Ever since then, Taylor’s amazing journey has included her personally mastering a wide range of audio and video technologies to produce her art, the establishment of her own independent music label, Highwind Records, and the creation of an incredibly strong bond with her legion of loyal listeners who are inspired by her positivity, passion and authentic connection to the music that they love so much. “Honestly the best and most rewarding part about my career is hearing from fans who have been inspired in a positive way by what I’m doing. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive group of people to share my music with,” she said. Her latest of eight full length albums titled “Odyssey” (which she composed, produced and mixed by herself in her home studio) continues to build on the success of her prior work, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Chart for classical music.
A frequent live performer, Taylor has headlined tours in the U.S. and Europe, and has appeared at numerous anime and game themed conventions, industry events and colleges. “I love performing for people who enjoy this type of music as much as I do, and trying to encourage them to follow their dreams the way I’ve been able to follow mine,” Taylor said. She’s also a highly sought after speaker as someone who’s successfully navigated her way through the constantly changing music industry landscape as an independent and largely self-managed musician. Being the subject of a featured case study in the Harvard Business School’s HBX platform on Disruptive Innovation, and speaking on several panels at colleges and industry events, Taylor enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others. “When I started, there really weren’t any roadmaps to follow, and while it’s been fun figuring it out it’s also great to be able to help make it a little easier for those at the beginning of their adventure,” she said.
On the receiving end of bullying throughout many of her early school years, Taylor also serves as an Ambassador for the “I Am A Witness” campaign against bullying, helping others to overcome many of the challenges that she faced growing up. “Growing up as a ‘nerd’ and having different interests from the majority of my classmates, I understand the isolation and sadness that many young people who feel different sometimes face, and I love to show them that believing in themselves and working hard can lead to some amazing things.”