New Jersey’s rising pop star Taylor Tote is back with a brand new single, “This Ain’t Love,” and lyric video. The song, she says, was written after getting out of a long-term relationship last year. “I started going out a lot more often and noticed the way people were ‘dating.’ A lot of my friends had people they were just ‘hooking up’ with and nothing more. Of course, someone always falls in love and wants something more, while the other person could care less,” Tote explains.
“The way some people are trying to get attention and love from another person isn’t really the loving and respectful way of either person in the ‘relationship’ [hence the line in the bridge], ‘If you wanted love you should’ve handled me differently’…”
Taylor and her band just announced an upcoming show on October 6 at the Asbury Lanes, the hottest new concert venue in Asbury Park, NJ. It is an all-ages show, but anyone 16+ must have a parent/guardian with them. The show will feature local duo Nalani & Sarina, Pepperwine, and the Taylor Tote Band. Doors are at 7:00 PM and the show begins at 8:00 PM. Advanced tickets are $12 and $15 at the door.
The new music has been well-received by the media including Michael S. Golub, both a devoted fan and ‘volunteer’ publicist.
“Taylor Tote brings the communicative elements of imagery, emotion, and music to the fore in a most unique way,” Golub begins. “Taylor’s strong sense of self-worth and honesty manifesting itself in lyrics that depict a self-empowered modern woman holding on to traditional values. She makes a provocative admission of fact to herself and comes to the conclusion that her future relies on her first having the courage to be truthful with herself..”
He adds “Her passion for being a storyteller pours out from her words, expressions and the robust manner in which the message unfolds through the use of dramatic photography and provocative text. Taylor effectively uses the inflections of her voice and the cadence of rhythm to welcome the listener into the recesses of her heart, exposing the burden she bares [sic] and the vivid confession that becomes the very fuel for the storyline.”
Tote speaks “to the universal themes that have become the woven fabric of the lives of many young women, and at the same time, the underlying narrative is one of liberation, hope, and release. Her careful choice of language evolves into a most formidable force, that ultimately establishes a texture unto itself. We have come to know Taylor better through the use of her well-honed ability to captivate and capture the sympathy of her fans, with an almost effortless skill and intuitive insight.
“This bright and talented burgeoning entertainer is still in the sunrise of her career, and yet her poise and demeanor is one that would suggest that an “old soul” has come to take up residence in her young mind, body, and soul,” Golub notes. “In the weeks, months and years that will follow the release of this video, Taylor’s career will gradually pick up a significant amount of momentum. She will rise to the strata of a true self-made superstar and still remain grounded and humble. Simply stated, she has to…”
“This is her destiny and the rendezvous with her future. As her inspiring stage presence and aura appreciates, not only in scope and size but also depth and detail, the threads of her thoughts will be placed upon the loom of her heart and thus result in the creation of some of the most vibrant and innovative songwriting we have yet to see. As she moves onto other projects and engages in expanding the spectrum of her resources & assets, we will be granted the opportunity to occupy a special vantage point to not only witness the maturation of an artist embracing her chosen craft, while coming into the full bloom of her life, but we in turn with be made more whole and warmed to our core. Taylor walks her own path forward and her fans will be drawn to simply follow the radiant glow of promise of her message as it seeps through the dense forestation of life’s challenges and obstacles. It is Taylor herself that lights the way ahead.”
The new single was written by Tote and produced and engineered by multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated engineer, David Ivory, of Ivory Productions.
The band features Taylor Tote (lead/background vocals), Nick Ryan (guitar/vocals), Tom Briant (guitar/vocals), Aaron Manzo (bass), and Anthony Flora (drums).