Taylor O’Donnell Bio

Taylor O’Donnell


Taylor O’Donnell is known for her exploratory use of vocal color and texture, and sincere delivery in her musical stylings, Taylor O’Donnell is a contemporary vocalist, educator, and conductor who uses her roots in R&B, folk, jazz, rock, and classical music to communicate her musical dialogue.  Growing up in Colorado and living all over the country from Florida to Maine, her performing experience has taken her from playing with her own jazz trio on cruise ships and throughout New England to performing as a guest artist with symphony orchestras. Her musical diversity informs her deep love for vocal improvisation and for exploring a plethora of sounds and colors to connect more deeply to her audience. She has a M. Mus. from the University of Miami and Bachelor’s in Music from Western Michigan University.

Career Highlights
• Lead vocalist for the retro-soul band Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales
• Vocalist, songwriter, and keyboard player for the electronica trio Novel/Novella
• Soprano vocalist and pianist for the Vintage Vocal Quartet
• Appears on jazz trumpet player Chris Klaxton’s albums, Starcode and Collage
• Appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City
• Appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, working with producer David Foster
• Member of the Seacoast Jazz Society advisory board from 2017 until 2019
• Studied with Phil Mattson, Diana Spradling, Duane Davis, Steve Zegree, and Terence Blanchard
• Performances alongside artists Donny McCaslin, Dave Douglas, Lyle Mays, Fred Hersch, and Jed Wilson

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