STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Her nine-song second album, “See the Beauty,” hits iTunes June 2.
But you can get an early earful of Taylor Downes’ new pop/country songs at 8 p.m. May 22 before the fireworks at Harleysville Country Fair Days. The 17-year-old junior at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School is part of the new concert series at Country Fair Days, which is held at the Harleysville Community Center in Lower Salford every Memorial Day weekend.
“I don’t think I’m nervous. This is my fourth year doing this (writing and performing her own songs). I’m excited more than anything,” she said.
Influenced by Colbie Caillat and The Band Perry, perhaps the local singer/songwriter’s most noticeable influence is fellow Pennsylvania native Taylor Swift, which you can hear in songs like “This is Love,” “This View” and “Your Competition,” which are taken directly from the pages of Downes’ diary.
“I like to write catchy stuff,” she said.
Downes has been playing guitar since she was 7, made her first public performance when she was 10 year old as part of a Clemmer Music guitar students showcase at Harleysville Books, and has been writing songs since she was 12.
According to Downes, the new album was recorded in a span of three days at the Oklahoma studios of her online record label Tate Music Group. “We decided to go for it,” she said of her family’s support of her musical endeavors. “I want to take any chance I can get.”
Among the videos posted at www.taylordownes.com are of her singing and playing guitar during chapel time, Arts Day and at a coffeehouse at Christopher Dock. “Dock’s a great place for music. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to play with people,” said Downes.
The singer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. More at www.taylordownes.com On Twitter @taylordownes03