By now after the success of her debut EP, you’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard the name Taya Sophie around Manchester.
A regular on the airwaves of our radio stations and appearing at community events and launch parties for fellow Manchester artists, Taya Sophie is making her voice heard from Manchester all the way to London.
Currently making moves in the capital city, where her management is based, the born and bred Longsight starlet took time out of her busy schedule to tell TNT Entertainment what she’s been up and what she has planned.
“Every day is about music. I wake up around 6am and go gym then I come home and warm up my voice. I learn songs, do some writing, see what appointments I have for the day and it’s all go from there, non-stop.”
The hard-working singer attributes a lot of her determination to her supportive family. Although there is no other musical talent to speak of, her mum Sharon has always let her do what she wants career-wise.
“Whatever I’ve wanted to do, whether I’ve wanted to be a carpenter or a vet…my family have let me find my way. My dad has never been a part of my life and now I’m older that doesn’t bother me as much. It’s made me want to work harder. And when I have kids regardless of what happens between me that person and I’d want the kids to have a relationship with both parents.”
As a female it’s important to have a father figure in your life but if you don’t then…well my mum brought me up well.”
Despite her EP Know My name being released just a few weeks ago Taya is already working on her second record. As well as that, she has been in the studio where she laid down a track with North London rapper Benny Banks and is constantly on the hunt for more artists to work with.
Describing her music as “very, very Rnb based”, Taya counts fellow Mancunian songstress Misha B as one of her “good good friends.”
“Misha is one of the first people that believed in me. We were in her bedroom one time singing and she stopped and asked me, ‘Taya why don’t you sing professionally?’ but I’ve always been shy.
“She taught me a lot, especially after her time on the X Factor. She said never change yourself for the music industry, be true to yourself, never compromise your style of music, always be true to who you are and what you want and taught me how to be confident within myself while performing and helped me with my vocals and writing.”
The pair often write together when their hectic schedules allow the time but there is no official collaboration in the pipelines yet.
Other artists Taya Sophie is rating at the moment include Grime artist and man of the moment Bugzy Malone, “I’ve always loved him but never really understood what he’s about until now.” Her ultimate artists to work with would be Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar.
When it comes to female Manchester artists that she rates, Taya is unable to buck the trend of being rendered clueless without a little nudge from TNT.
“Good question! Erm…wow…Shoa is definitely one. Lady Ice, she’s amazing too.
“In Manchester a lot of female artists do get overlooked, I’ve found that myself.”
“I’m not sure why that is, maybe people just choose to overlook us and go straight to London. I don’t know why, it’s very frustrating.”
Undeterred by the north-south divide, Taya Sophie is determined to make it in the music industry and has a strong opinion that she isn’t afraid to voice. When asked how far she’d go to be a successful artist, she said, “I just want to make music, doing other genres isn’t selling out. Music is business; you have to make money somehow if you want it as a career. If you have to do pop for the rest of your life and make millions or r‘n’b and not sell which are you gonna do? As long as I’m making music for the rest of my life I do not care.”
And on that heavy opinion we asked Taya for some advice to other wannabe artists; “Work hard, always work on your craft, there’s always room for improvement, if you want something go and get it.
“Don’t listen to other people talking down your ear telling you what to do. If you want to do something just do it. Stay 1000 per cent focused and don’t let anyone stand in your way.
“I know I’m not the best vocalist or performer but I feel like I do work very hard so there’s no reason why this can’t work.”
Catch Taya Sophie performing at I Luv Live Mcr in Fallow Cafe, Landcross Road, Fallowfield on 18 September.