“She is a powerhouse R’n’B/Blues vocalist of immense talent.”
–Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
The prairie sky, expansive and wide, seemingly endless. Sometimes the vastness is overwhelming, but always beautiful. It’s the prairie blues, a rural feeling that sings louder than all others in Dione Taylor’s music.
Music has always been an important and integral part of her life. A pastor’s daughter from Saskatchewan, Dione was born and raised in a family she describes as “really connected to the gift of song. My whole family sings and plays instruments in church”. Dione Taylor began playing the organ at age four and by ten was the music director and organist at The Shiloh Assembly Apostolic Church in Regina. A powerful woman right from her youth, Dione Taylor is force of nature.
Having first burst onto the music scene with her Juno-nominated debut album Open Your Eyes, Taylor’s career trajectory has been truly remarkable. With performances at festivals and concert theatres across the United States, Canada and Asia for audiences that have included the President of the United States and Queen Elizabeth II, Taylor has made a worthy name for herself as one of this country’s most talented musicians and singers. Dione was nominated for a Gemini Award for her rendition of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” which she performed alongside Oliver Jones at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. She is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Mentorship Program.
Coming full circle, Dione finds herself reconnecting with her childhood–from the gospel music and blues at church to the southern country gospel at home on the record player, it’s all in there. Her latest release, 2015’s Born Free, is a return to youth and a turn to the older, simpler times. Enjoy Dione Taylor this summer at the 2017 Dawson City Music Festival.