Taylor Grey on how her new single 'Back To Bite' reminisces the early 2000s while talking about feminism and empowerment

Taylor Grey on how her new single 'Back To Bite' reminisces the early 2000s while talking about feminism and empowerment

Just one year after the release of her debut album 'Space Case', Taylor Grey is back to show fans what’s in store from the singer-songwriter in the near future. With two Independent Music Awards (Best Pop Album for 'Space Case' and Best Pop Song for 'Miami') under her belt, the 21-year-old recently announced, "It’s time for a change." Grey has matured, not only in her music but within herself, and continues her studies as a junior at Stanford University pursuing a rigorous course in neuroscience.

Not only has the 21-year-old announced things would be different, but she is also finding her own voice in the world of chaos, set forward to revolutionize the world of pop. Grey is set to releases her brand new single, 'Back to Bite' which embraces the tough and rough shades of love, giving us a chic twist to the not-so-average break-up song. 'Back to Bite' was produced by her go-to producer, Josh Abraham.

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Growing up in North California, Grey’s love for music came at a very young age. Grey started her career in musical theater and began writing lyrics at the age of 12. Her passion for songwriting grew exponentially after she taught herself both the piano and the guitar, and was able to perform her own music. Grey continues to develop her own unique sound and songwriting style — which have been described as sophisticated, cross-generational pop — and is inspired by a wide range of influences such as pop and trailblazing female icons of the '90s like Alanis Morissette.

Making her debut in 2016 with a two-part EP 'Mind of Mine I & II' — Grey soon caught the eyes and ears of pop artiste Jacob Whitesides and joined him as the opening performer on his summer 'Lovesick' Tour making it her live national debut with a full band. Quickly, her fan base began to grow and gained even more traction in the fall of 2016, when she joined The Summer Set’s sold-out 'Made for You' Tour as a special guest throughout the USA.

Grey has remained an inspiration for what she stands for — hard work, self-love, and female empowerment. Her warm voice and infectious beats are a breath of fresh air amidst pop music today, and there’s no doubt she will continue to revolutionize the world of pop. Meaww had a chance to catch up with Grey and ask her a few questions. Excerpts from the conversation:

There is a barrage of teen-centric music at the moment, what sets  'Back to Bite' apart?

I don't think good music necessarily has to be different than everything else out there. Popular music is popular for a reason. But 'Back to Bite' for me is musically reminiscent of the early 2000s, kind of like an homage to the All-American Rejects song 'Gives You Hell'. But the message is perhaps different than partying and drinking, my message that I put in the song is about feminism and empowerment. 

Can you give us a little sneak peek into what we can expect from the upcoming single?

It's very personal, about feeling like you're too damaged to ever be lovable. That's my little warning.

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It took me 30 minutes just to google all the scientific jargon I forgot in my psych reading today so tbh I’m just missing this pre-show bliss.

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What is your career bucket list like?

I want to headline at the Troubadour one day. That would be magic. 

Have you ever had a fangirl moment on a show or appearance which has left a mark on you? 

Well, I fangirled so hard at the Eagles concert this weekend. I flew to Milwaukee to see them and was crying and dancing and singing the whole time. 

Who are some of your biggest influences in the industry?

Currently, I'm really inspired by Donna Missal, Julia Michaels, and Chelsea Cutler. Dope girls making dope music.

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New music. Always evolving. Thank you all for growing with me ❤️💫 #BACKTOBITE 📷: @nikkolamere

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What was your inspiration behind 'Back to Bite'?

I wanted a song to empower myself. So it was stories of mine and my friends on what it's like being a woman today, essentially. The #metoo movement. Surface level is about being hurt by a cheating partner, the second verse is more about that message. I still wanted to be able to have fun and not feel sad when singing the song.

If there was one artiste you had the chance to collaborate with, who would it be and why?

Bebe Rehxa. I adore her. I remember reading an Instagram comment where someone mentioned she gained weight and she was like "yeah 20lbs but my music is still good tho" and I screamed. She makes me feel better about myself. I just love everything about her. 

What is your favorite music genre? What kind of music do you listen to in your free time?

Left of center pop, I think it'd be called? I like sad girl music, I'm a sad girl, gotta stay true to brand LOL!

If you were not in the music industry, what would be the plan of action for you?

Um, so I've recently decided that if all else fails in music, I'm going to become an archaeologist and just dig up bones for the rest of my life.

What is next for Taylor Grey?

Midterms (college student life). But my single is out later this month. And my EP is dropping in November. 

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Get ready. #HotelCafe tomorrow xo

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