New Artist Spotlight: Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor's star is on the rise. Growing up in Florida, the singer-songwriter began dreaming of life on the stage at an early age, and was inspired by genre-spanning musical influences including R&B, pop and soul, before finding her home in country.

“My musical journey led me to country music and I feel like this is where I belong," she says. “So, I guess I ended up taking that Shania Twain route, for sure. So, I just, in my heart, feel like country music is that place for me."

The aspiring artist currently splits her time between Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, co-writing her first EP, That Girl, with Go Long Entertainment, LLC's Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeax.

“I feel that I have a responsibility to write and sing about what it's like to grow up in today's world. There is so much going on every day to draw from, those feelings, emotions and experiences show up in my music," she says of her writing inspirations. “I want to connect, in a very real way with my peers and fans, giving country music a path forward for me and for those I want to touch through my music."

2016 was a milestone year of growth for Taylor, who performed at legendary Nashville music venue The Bluebird Café. Watch her sing her EP's title track below:

“That Girl" is the first song Taylor wrote when she arrived in Music City, inspired by her first breakup.

“I was once a headstrong, independent woman, and then I met a boy and he made me crazy. I became that girl everybody talks about," Taylor said in an interview. “A lot of people find themselves in this situation when in a bad relationship and I wanted 'That Girl' to be an anthem for them. I wanted to say, 'This is where you are now, but it doesn't have to stay this way. There is a happy ending and you can be happy and independent!'"

In addition to The Bluebird, Taylor won the opportunity to open for Keith Urban at the Carolina Country Music Festival on June 10, 2016 after beating out competitors in the Battle to the Beach competition.

“It was amazing," Taylor said, of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “It was a great crowd – they were super into it."

Check out the official music video for Taylor's single, “Don't Look Good In Your T-Shirt Anymore":

The singer is currently working on new music, but this time around, she has a couple of new studio assistants.