“Legend Keeper” is an energetic, bluesy-Americana collection made up of stories that are luminous in character, authentic in portrayal of corruption, and enduring in a society of outlaws. Shae’s goal as a songwriter is to become a ‘legend keeper’ herself, a teller of tales that live on through songs meant to be shared, sung along to, and lyrically celebrated.
The album kicks down the doors with soulful Americana-rock anthem “Resolution,” celebrating a gypsy-folk narrative of hitting the road without regrets. You can expect hearts to be strung up over the second song, “Storymaker,” revelling in the idea that as much as we want to write our own story as a ‘storymaker,’ sometimes life is out of our hands and we can only be storytellers. Listening to some of the songs there is almost an uncanny realization that Shae was able to foresee the future challenges of 2020. This is evident in “Lights On,” a song that encourages down-hearted souls to ‘keep the lights on inside,’ or remember to stay positive through dark times.
Not only does Shae bring stories to life in her music, she also aims to raise awareness about large-scale environmental issues such as climate change through songs “What’s Left When” and “Street Sweeper,” expressing passion and concern for the future state of our natural world. In fact, Shae won Sustain Music and Nature’s Backyard Songscape competition in May 2020 with her song “What’s Left When.”
Taylor Shae’s chameleon-esque vocals come through in moments of lyric vulnerability, fiery character during clever melodic phrases, and at the same time providing a full-bodied background chorus or sometimes a gospel back-porch harmony. A pair of acoustic guitars are a driving force in this album, yet each song has a right of its own.
Each of the 10 tracks have been released with a creative music video for a complete audio-visual experience. All of the videos can be found on Taylor Shae’s Youtube page: www.youtube.com/channel/UCC3d7CDCXZaPK8F2kz4oCvA.