taylor bioAbout Taylor Pfeiffer

2018 Toyota Star Maker Top 10 Finalist, Taylor Pfeiffer is a quiet achiever, a singer/songwriter, banjoist, guitarist and yodeller, always working hard on her craft. At nineteen years of age, Taylor has succumbed to great feats, gaining airplay on Triple J, screen time on national Australian television shows Channel 9 The Voice ‘Blind Auditions’ (May 2017 Episode 7), a special feature on her musical career on Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise (August 2016)ABC1 TV Show Spicks & Specks (2014 Episode 8)Channel 44 Our Time (2014), ABC1 Behind The News (2013) and she was personally invited to perform for Nashville’s Music City Roots (Filmed in Tamworth 2013).  Taylor interviewed  Lee Kernaghan for ABC’s Saturday Night Country, which was aired across Australia.

In 2018, Taylor travelled to the US for her first time in August/September, after a successful audition to attend a 5-day advanced banjo course, Blue Ridge Banjo Camp, presented by banjo extraordinaire Béla Fleck in North Carolina. This exclusive camp featured over 100 advanced banjo players from across the globe, with Taylor selected for the ‘top class’ – highlighting her skillset. “Being accepted into studying at Béla Fleck’s camp was such an honour. He is such a profound banjo player, with 16 Grammy awards up his sleeve. He really bends the genre of banjo playing, which is truly inspirational,” Taylor explain. Taylor spent 7-weeks co-writing and performing at festivals and conferences in North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and performing at Nashville's (TN) iconic The Bluebird Cafe for two performances.

A trailblazer from Adelaide creating her own sound in alt-country, Taylor released Take Her, a 5- track EP in 2017 showcasing her knack for catchy hooks and relatable lyrics. The title track conquered The Music Network’s Country chart, and reached #9 on the competitive Triple J Unearthed all genres chart. Produced by Simon Johnson in NSW Australia, with brass and string sections recorded in Texas, Taylor goes above and beyond to keep her listeners from second- guessing.

“With the release of Take Her, I feel that I’ve succeeded in showcasing my personal growth as a songwriter and artist. I’m so proud of this EP, with a selection of contrasting original songs, and a co-write with Matt Scullion.”

An accompanying music video for Take Her sees Taylor in a vaudeville, 1920’s setting. Filmed by JLM Studios, the music video continues to air on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel.

In November 2018, Taylor will open The McClymonts SA show.  Taylor has performed on stage with Australian Country Music Golden Guitar award winners Lee Kernaghan (2017 Tamworth, Tanunda and Adelaide, 2014 Tamworth, 2013 Tamworth & Urban CMF Qld),Beccy Cole (2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival x 2 shows - Banjoist in Beccy's band; 2017 Aussie Road Crew Tour SA), Troy Cassar-Daley (2016 Tamworth & 2012 Barossa Valley), Kasey Chambers, Adam Harvey, The Davidson Brothers, Pete Denahy and opened shows for Amber Lawrence & Bill Chambers. In January 2017, Taylor performed the Australian National Anthem at Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Australia Day concert to a large crowd at TRECC Tamworth and Taylor also features in Lee’s video clip Outback Club Reunion. In December 2017, Taylor performed the Australian National Anthem to a Sold Out crowd at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for PBR Invitational and will also perform the Anthem for PBR in December 2018 .

Taylor regularly performs throughout Australia and credits include major festivals Tamworth Country Music Festival (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013), National Folk Festival in Canberra ACT (2017 & 2016), Mildura Country Music Festival (2018, 2017), The Gympie Muster (2014) and The Urban Country Music Festival (2014).

December 2017, Taylor was awarded 1st Place in the ASME Young Composers awards for her composition 'Beauty Is The Beast' and 3rd Place in the Australian Songwriters Awards Youth section for 'Murder In The Dark'

Crowned the 2017 Australian Battle of the Bluegrass Junior Champion, Taylor’s banjo skills have also been recognized by several US organizations and publications including The Banjo Reserve and a video of Taylor playing ‘Dixie Medley’ featured on The Banjo Nation Facebook page, which received over 50,000 views in only a few days.

After hearing the 1960's Australian TV theme song Skippy, Taylor began learning banjo at seven-years of age.  ‘Scruggs Style’ banjo is Taylor’s specialty and she provides workshops at festivals and events across Australia.  Taylor is a tutor at the WEA Adult Learning Centre in Adelaide, teaching a 6-week 5-String Banjo course.

Inspired by her Grandpa's passion for Australian Yodellers Shirley Thoms, June Holms and Mary Schneider, Taylor taught herself to yodel when she was ten, leading to yodelling on major TV networks in Australia.  

Taylor was awarded the 2015 Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards – Most Promising Future Star at a gala at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW. 

June 2016 Taylor released her first Album Five Strings Attached, showcasing her ability as a professional banjo player, drummer and musician. Taylor has a passion for songwriting, winning several songwriting awards throughout Australia. 

You are beyond. Your vocal skills are phenomenal” - Boy George, The Voice Episode 7, 2017

“I’ve known Taylor for a few years now and it excites me that a new generation of Country artists take so much pride in their playing.  Taylor has a wonderful presence on stage and gets around the banjo so proficiently it scares me.  I wish her all the best on the road ahead, she loves it, so it will never feel like work and that’s what music is all about.” - Troy Cassar-Daley

Interview with Lee Kernaghan for the Barossa Herald Newspaper 5th April 2017:

“Taylor was about 12 or 13 years old when I first met her in Tamworth, and I was knocked out by her talent and I hope she’s going to be around, I’d love for her to come and do some songs with us at Tanunda,” he said. “She’s a great South Australian talent, she features in the music video of my latest single ‘Outback Club Reunion’. “It was a last minute thing, I needed banjo, and why settle for second best when you can have the number one banjo girl in the land.” - Lee Kernaghan

Taylor is proudly sponsored by

Australian company Bellbird Banjos and USA Company D’Addario Strings.

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