American Songwriters Contest winner Taylor Fagins heads to “American Idol” (and we couldn’t be happier!)
When we wrote about aspiring composer Taylor Fagins last year, it filled us with inspiration and sadness.
Fagins’ story, as you can see HERE (and below), is filled with great waves of love and, sadly, hate.
But Fagins has just announced a new chapter in its musical history. Speaking to social media, the loud-voiced songwriter and musician told fans he was heading to American Idol on the show’s next season.
He wrote: âHappy New Year, all of you! Until 2022. Anything new? Oh yeah, watch me in American Idol Season 20 on February 27! @americanidol #americanidol # 20thseason â
What we say: Wow !!! Good luck!
For those who need a refresher on the history of Fagins, here is some of what we wrote about this time last year:
The first great song written by Taylor Fagins was called “Watch Me”. At the time, he was in college and in the midst of a severe bout of depression. He was struggling with suicidal thoughts; he now says it’s something he no longer struggles with, but admits it’s a constant battle to keep him at bay. Through this depression, Fagins knew he didn’t want to end his life, even though the impulse to do so was stronger than ever. Instead, he just started to cry and sing as loud as he could. The words for “Look at me” tumbled from his lips.
Singing about his own death kept Fagins from going all the way and, in essence, saved his life. Today, Fagins draws on this same emotion when he writes new works. That’s what he did on his latest single, “We Need More”. The song, which in many ways embodies the contemporary American social divide, drew Fagins’ attention to American songwriter. We are happy to announce that Fagins is our 2020 song contest winner.
âI think, honestly, if I identify something,â says Fagins, âit’s the outward expression of a bottled up thought. When I really think about it, I often struggled and fell into depression, struggled to be honest with myself and where I’m from. If I can’t find the origin, I end up with a spiral. But if I open the floodgates, if I sing, then that opens this box of verses. Once I hear it and feel it, I can process it and maybe not feel as alone as I used to be.
Fagins grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California at Irvine, where he studied drama and musical theater. He moved to New York City for its plethora of stories, diversity and myriad of faces, and he now works with two different churches, writing music for one and leading community engagement for the other.
Fagins grew up surrounded by music. Her grandmother, who played the piano every night before falling asleep, sang in the church choir. Her mother played music in the car all the time; In his youth, Fagins borrowed his mother’s albums, immersing himself in them deeply. At age 9, Fagins announced that he wanted to make a good impression at the next family reunion.
âI thought I was a good actor,â says Fagins. âSo, I wanted to make an impression of Celine Dion but my mom said to me, ‘It’s not an impression. It’s singing and you do it really, really well. It was then that the music hit me. Like, ‘Oh, I can to sing!'”
Fagins, now 25, has perfected his velvety voice since his days in the high school choir. He took part in sports growing up, including a short stint on the soccer team, playing left tackle. But it wasn’t until his parents parted ways around Christmas eight years ago that Fagins really got into his writing and performance skills. As he needed to spend more time caring for his younger siblings and navigating new, complicated personal emotions, every journal entry he wrote became a song.
âWe’re fine now,â he said. âBut then it was really a big deal. I felt really alone. I put my emotions in my writing. And I found my voice. I knew I had to create healing for myself through the music I wrote.
While Fagins has performed his fair share, writing has become more and more central to his daily life over the years. When he’s not writing music he’s writing musical theater or working on a TV show idea he has at a healthy juice booth. His music is often rooted in something deep – death, fear, hope in the face of almost certain disappearance.
Read the rest of the article HERE.