Presley & Taylor Release New Single and Tell You "Where You Belong"
The sisterly harmonies of Presley & Taylor are unlike any other, drawing listeners in like a siren calls an unsuspecting sailor near (except that the only dangerous thing about their alluring music is that it’s hard to stop listening to, especially for those who miss the way country music used to sound). This duo has a sound reminiscent of a bygone era in country music, yet they are also modern and fresh.
Their latest single “Where You Belong” is a hopeful ballad encouraging people to pursue their dreams. The sisters expertly trade off singing the lead part, simultaneously harmonizing with one another. While songs like “Everybody Wanna Be Us” puts the power of their unique harmony on full display as they sing the verses together rather than trading off vocals. After listening to their songs, one thing is evident: these two have perfected their craft. And now you’re in for a treat, because you get to listen to some of their songs while reading their answers to some questions I recently asked them about their career and life with each other.
"Where You Belong"
It’s a crazy little life made up of choices
The ones you make
The ones you don’t
And the ones you never get
But the worst one made is hearing and ignoring all the voices
Begging you to listen to your soul that longs to live— Where You Belong Lyrics
Shannon: Please tell us more about “Where You Belong.” Why did you choose to record the song?
Taylor: “Where You Belong” is our “dreamer” song. It speaks true to exactly where we are in life and in our musical journey. The song lends hopeful advice to anyone who has a dream and is chasing it. We hope that listeners will feel uplifted, inspired, hopeful and affirmed that they are on the right path.
Presley: When we first heard this song, it hit us as very personal because it expressed what we are experiencing. Whether it’s music or sports or a career, with any dream, there may be moments where you may question if you’re doing the right thing. This song is the light at the end of the tunnel—a walk in faith.
When you’re doing something with the people you love it gives us more motivation and drive to achieve our goals, and it all just seems to make sense.— Taylor of Presly & Taylor regarding their career together
S: Overall, how would you describe your sound/style as a collective duo?
T: We feel like our sound is truly unique. We draw from many influences that embrace traditional country, rock, pop and more. One thing that is distinct in the upcoming project is the live-band sound. We’re able to take that from the studio and bring it into our live-show.
P: I think another thing that makes our sound so unique is it’s just us! It’s our sister harmonies. What Tay and I can do when we sing together seems magical; it’s fun and very special, and I think it’s hard to replicate.
S: As a family duo, what unique challenges do you face? Do you think it’s easier?
T: When you’re doing something with the people you love it gives us more motivation and drive to achieve our goals, and it all just seems to make sense. There is no one else other than Presley that I would want as my sister on stage or in my life!
P: I agree; we’ve worked hard together to get here and it is so great because we have the same goals and we are achieving our goals together. It’s great having someone to lean on…knowing I’m not in this alone.
"Everybody Wanna Be Us"
In the few times we have a disagreement, we get over it quickly. We move on and don’t hold grudges.
S: How do you resolve an argument when the two of you have a difference of opinion while working together?
T: We’re fortunate that, most of the time, we’re on the same page. I value Presley’s opinion so much that even when she may disagree with me, I’ll take her viewpoint to heart to find a fair compromise or just let the best idea win!
P: In the few times we have a disagreement, we get over it quickly. We move on and don’t hold grudges.
S: Is there a song that you absolutely will not sing? If so, why not?
T: Honestly, not really. I think that as long as the song has quality lyrical content, we can make it our own with our harmonies, the arrangement and melody.
S: If someone goes to a Presley & Taylor concert for the very first time, what can that person expect?
T: Our live show is just fun. Performing live is one of my favorite parts in what we do. We love to include our favorite country songs in our set list along with some of our original music. We are always looking to make a connection with our audience; so we’ll want to meet you after the show!
"When a Man Walks Away"
The Secret Is There Is No Secret
Success, to me, is just being able to do what we love and to do it with some longevity. No secrets…just hard work!
S: Do you have a pre-concert routine?
T: On show days, I like to run a mile just to open up my lungs. Other than that, we try to relax, do our vocal warm-ups, drink lots of water and then, it’s time to pick out our stage clothes!
P: I don’t have much of a routine; I like to just give myself plenty of time to get ready and then kind of chill out before we go on stage.
S: What is your definition of success, and what’s your secret for success?
T: Success is doing what we love at the highest level possible. I’ll let you know our secret when we figure it out. ;)
P: Success, to me, is just being able to do what we love, and to do it with some longevity. No secrets…just hard work!
Remake of Mel Tillis' song "Heart Over Mind" Featuring Pam Tillis
Just for Fun:
S: What three words best describe your sister? Which three would she use to describe you?
T: Presley is smart, beautiful and caring.
P: Taylor is funny, motivated and so beautiful.
S: What’s the meanest thing you have ever done to one another during a sibling rivalry moment?
T: I threatened to take “Rover” (Presley’s stuffed animal) and hide him. “Real world!”
S: If your life was a book what would the title be?
T: “Are We There Yet?”
P: “When Can We Eat?”
S: What irrational fear do you have?
T: I’m still afraid of the dark! I don’t think it will ever go away.
"When You Say Nothing At All" Cover
If you enjoyed this interview, you can find the second half of the interview on the Country Music Notes website listed below. Also, find more of their music on YouTube and learn more about them via their website.
- Presley & Taylor - YouTube
Sisters. Singers. We're two sisters chasing our dreams in Music City, USA. Watch our channel for covers, makeup tutorials, and more. Presley's 21 and Taylor'...
- Presley & Taylor Official Website
Presley & Taylor are a country sister duo based out of Nashville, TN. When Presley & Taylor sing and fans hear their sibling harmonies, they experience more than beautiful music and a “neo traditional sound.” They experience the true bond of
- Country Music Notes: Sister Duo Presley & Taylor Discuss Where They Belong
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