In an age where music is quickly produced and released at a rapid pace, listeners don’t simply buy into sounds and production. Now, more than ever, people buy into the artist. When a song starts, is the artist implementing their personality into the opening notes? If the artist were to talk into a room right now, would they immediately connect with their supporters? When the artist steps on to the stage, do their fans immediately know that they are there and ready to perform? When discussing Bryant Taylorr, the answer is yes to all of the aforementioned questions.
Kicking off Black History Month, Bryant Taylorr took his talents to Broadway Street for Slim + Husky’s first “Unplugged” showcase. Bouncing from each side of the stage at will, the Nashville native brought energy to the stage as he performed records from his most recent EP, Rare.
Released back in 2020, Rare matches the energy that Bryant Taylorr brought to the stage at the National Museum of African-American Music. Opening tracks like “Space Boots” and “Brakes” carry a bright, vibrant energy that’s reminiscent of a Sunday afternoon drive in my hometown in North Plainfield, New Jersey or brunch with my friends at Halfsmoke in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, tracks like “Fan” and “Surface” carry the same charisma in a slower, more deliberate fashion. Regardless of the tempo of the track, two things will always remain the same — Bryant Taylorr’s soulful tone and the freedom with which he sings. He sings as if he’s trying to give the same type love, light and laughter that he performs with to everyone in the audience. As a listener, that’s one of the best gifts that an artist can give you.