Darien TikTok star Taylor Felt to launch first tune
DARIEN – Taylor Felt’s emerging success follows the time and dedication she has shown her love of singing and songwriting.
“I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed and in love with music,” said 20-year-old Felt, who released her first track “Once in a Blue Moon” on Friday.
Felt has garnered a huge amount of social media over the past few years, particularly through sharing her music and appearances on TikTok, where she has gained nearly three million followers.
“I’ve grown my following organically on TikTok and Instagram over the years just by showing my voice and promoting my love of music. It’s been great to build such a cool community,” she said.
That combination of media safety and musical prowess has put Felt on a path to success that so far has included performing the national anthem in front of 20,000 viewers for a Lakers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles just before the pandemic, a title that featured writing songs together with Jaden Smith for the film “Life in a Year” and the simple joy of reaching an ever larger audience with the music she loves.
“The Lakers game was one of my proudest moments,” said her mother Christine Felt. “When I saw her perform in front of over 20,000 spectators, how calm she was and how amazing she was, it became even clearer to me how ready she is for this success.”
While she continues to accompany her daughter on a bi-coastal trip, much of Taylor Felt’s work is rooted in her home in Darien, where her entire family continues to provide support and inspiration.
“It’s such a family affair that is great,” said Taylor.
Her parents, Christine and Kenneth Felt, who have been irrigating the east coast in Darien for years, always endeavored to give their children a creative license to practice their individual arts.
Taylor Felt said the family living room is like an atelier, with guitar, piano, and more as part of the decor.
“Our house really is like an ongoing production team,” she said.
“We’re all very artistic and creative (and) our parents are the most supportive of us,” she said.
Taylor Felt credits her three younger brothers with her support – particularly 18-year-old KC, an aspiring video effects producer, as instrumental in furthering their work.
“I’ve been working on music videos for the past few years,” said KC Felt, including editing visual effects for Machine Gun Kelly’s latest piece. “But what I love most is working with my sister.”
“I had to be on set for ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ and I’m so happy to be a part of it,” he said of the accompanying video, which will also be available on Friday.
Taylor Felt’s musical journey began when, according to her mother, she was 2 years old when her aunt bought her a karaoke machine.
“She was 2 years old and never took it off,” said Christine Felt. “She hasn’t stopped singing since then.”
Her first – and possibly greatest – influence was Beyonce Knowles, founder of Destiny’s Child.
“I loved Beyonce and Madonna and I sang their songs so loud in the house,” recalled Taylor Felt. “I was in love with the performance (and) just after being on stage.”
At the age of 7 she started singing lessons and studied piano at the same time. A mixture of melodies and lyrics that vied for her attention made her write her own stuff too.
“It’s so therapeutic for me and really helps me put my emotions and feelings into words,” she said, noting a special notebook of hers that contains all of the new creations.
“I try to write things that people are afraid to say … what people think about and what they feel,” she explained.
Each song has its own origin – it comes through a different process and composed from a different angle.
“She is strong, friendly, self-confident, hardworking and has one of the best voices of her generation, coupled with her ability to write songs from the heart,” said Christine Felt.
The upcoming release of Taylor Felt, which she co-developed with producer Fresh, is something positive that she thinks of as something of a summer anthem.
“I’m really happy that everyone is hearing,” she said, praising Fresh as someone who understands her creativity and offers ideas that they can build on together.
“In the song, I go into just dropping your hair, getting into your zone, and doing something once in a blue moon,” she said.