In just a few short years, Taylor Tote has made quite a splash on the New Jersey music scene. "With a stage presence, songwriting talent and overall musical sensibility that belie her young years, Tote is quickly on the rise in the music scene". The 24-year old Jersey Shore native was named by NJ.com as one of the “25 must-hear local bands” for her “big voice, old soul’ style and the Asbury Park Press listed her in "The 9 Jersey Shore Bands You Need To Hear". “She is dominating, empowering, strong, soft, sexy, and insanely fun,” writes the Aquarian Weekly. “Her attitude and stage presence is smooth, sweet, and controlled. However, it can be flipped like a switch to a rock and roll, hell-stomping diva. Her range is one of a rock ‘n’ roll vixen that will send your music senses on the ride of your life."
Tote was recently featured in Front and Center by the Women's International Music Network (WiMN). "As the leader of the Taylor Tote Band, Tote is now poised to propel her career even further, with original songs that evoke a range of emotions, and exciting live shows—all of which bare her soul and showcase her strong vocal capabilities.", explains WiMN.
With her unique, upbeat and soulful original songs, Taylor Tote features a creative mix of high caliber musicians with a distinct balance of musical genres all while covering the songs that you want to hear. Taylor Tote is a true gem, a powerhouse singer not to be missed. At first glance when Taylor appears in your view what
is instantaneously obvious is that she is self-aware and possesses a unique brand of stage presence that goes far beyond the stage, and that she is most definitely in complete control of her surroundings. The crowd is protectively perched within her minds vision for her performance. Her sole interest is to focus on the crowd and have her music transcend time and place, taking them on a voyage and in the process elevate the crowd, by creating the environment of a shared experience and common sensory stimuli.
Tote's main influences include Amy Winehouse, Grace Potter, Adele, Maroon 5, Train, and Stevie Nicks. American Songwriter called Tote’s full-band performance as one of the highlights of the New Jersey Light of Day festival for her “wide, emotional vocal range and pop sensibilities.” The Asbury Park Press cites a “lilting twang in her voice that shades from corn-fed country to big pop and vampy jump blues.”
As an accomplished singer-songwriter, Tote recently hit the stage with a winning performance taking home the win for the 2017 NYC Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands. With over 6,000 submissions world wide, Tote is honored to represent the NYC/NJ region. She has been nominated for a dozen local music awards; had her music videos featured in Music & Film Festivals and has performed in iconic venues such as The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, The Bitter End in NYC, The George Jones Museum in Nashville and The NYC Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. She was nominated four consecutive years in a row for "Top Female Vocalist" for an Asbury Music Award (AMA).
Penn State THON on February 18, 2017
Winter NAMM in Anaheim, CA on January 19, 2017
In Jan 2017, Tote was selected to perform at the premier 2017 Winter NAMM in Anaheim, CA on the main stage. And in June 2016, she was selected to perform at the Summer NAMM Show at the Music City Center, in Nashville, TN. In July 2015, she was one of five women selected across the country to perform at the 2015 She Rocks Summer NAMM Showcase, presented by WiMN in Nashville, TN. She played several locations in downtown Nashville during the 2015 Summer NAMM including The Listening Room, The Silver Dollar Saloon, and Bootleggers.
Notable acts Tote has opened for include Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Michelle Moore, Val Emmich, Jeffrey Gaines, and John Eddie. Tote also performed at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA during 2017 THON, sharing the same stage with Joe Jonas. Tote had the honor of performing the National Anthem in July 2014 at the Madison Square Garden in NYC for New York Liberty.
Tote's award winning music video "Fighter" received three prestigious awards in 2017 from Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival (APMFF) and Los Angeles Movie Awards (LAMA) in Hollywood, CA. “Fighter” has been viewed over 125,000 times online and written up in countless publications including a national feature in Joan Lunden’s blog. The long-time host of Good Morning America called the song a “must download!”
Her self-titled 4-song debut EP, released in February 2015 to a sold-out show at Red Bank, NJ’s Two River Theatre, provided a compelling, beyond-her-years performance to the packed house. "These songs are my heart, they are my feelings," she says. "They are me." She also unveiled a video for her new track "Superman" which was featured at The 2015 Asbury Park Music In Film Festival.
Tote's nominations include 2016 Asbury Music Award (AMA) nominations for "Top Female Vocalist", "Top Pop/Rock Band", "Top Live Performance"; her original song "Miss You" for "Top Local Single Release" and "Song of the Year"; and her music video "Fighter" for "Top Music Video". She also received nominations in 2015 for an AMA for "Top Female Vocalist" and "Top Young Band", a 2014 AMA for "Top Female Vocalist", "Top Female Solo/Acoustic Act", and "Top Young Band" and a 2013 AMA for "Top Female Vocalist" and a 2012 New Jersey JAM Award for "Top 18 and Under Female Vocalist". Her original song titled "Jane" also received a nomination for the 2012 New Jersey JAM Awards for "Top 18 and Under New Song".
In May 2013, Tote won first place in the New Jersey Talent Search performing her original song "Jane". She took first place in March 2014 in the Do The Shore Singer-Songwriter of Cape May competition.
Prior to establishing her own band in May 2014, Tote was the lead singer and songwriter for the award winning band Ardvark Smile from August 2012 to August 2014. Performing covers and her originals, she led them to the winning of the 2013 Rock To The Top NJ Band Competition at The Stone Pony and to a nomination for the 2013 Asbury Music Award (AMA) for "Top Young Band".
Tote is a proud supporter and helps contribute back to the community performing at nonprofits such as Light of Day, Holiday Express and Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer.
Tote studied at the Berklee College of Music during the summer of 2013 and is currently studying at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City majoring in Business with a Media and Performing Arts concentration as well as minoring in Music.