Ep. 6 Melanie Taylor (Aerosmith, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow) Part 2

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In part two of this interview with Melanie Taylor she discusses her work with Donna Summer, what she’s learned working with Barry Manilow, her thoughts on cultivating interests outside of singing, and her advice on singing as a business.

She is a seasoned performer who in her extensive career has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Stevens, Donna Summer, John Mayer, Joe Walsh and many more. Melanie shares what she’s learned along the way, how she helps young artists develop their creative process, and insights on what it takes to be a serious performer. 



  1. Don’t pigeonhole yourself. You never know what’s going to show up for you when you’re in a different season.
  2. When you’re singing you’re telling a story. You have to know who you’re speaking to or who you’re singing about, why you’re singing to them, where you are, what you’re doing and not doing, and know how the story is going to play out. These things will completely change how we hear your song and the meaning behind it.
  3. The work you do is your investment in your craft.  What you put into it you will get out of it.
  4. Watch yourself in the mirror when you’re singing.
  5. Figure out a way to open up and have ease in your body that will make your song and performance richer.
  6. You have to be a well-rounded person. Cultivate your interests and be interested in life – travel, books, museums, culture, etc.
  7. Don’t be afraid to be more of who you are.

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