Dione Taylor and The Backsliderz
A small prairie city and a young woman with a voice too big and beautiful to be contained – that's Juno nominee Dione Taylor’s start in a nutshell. Her blood is full of music; all her family members on both sides are performers, and carry with them all the cumulative intensity of 200 years of black spiritual musical traditions.
So intrinsic to her being was that musical pull, and so great her talent that, by age 10, she was the organist and the musical director for her father’s Shiloh Assembly Church in Regina. As a young woman, she embarked upon a jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College, and it was here her big, smoky-sweet voice came into its own. This powerhouse jazz/R&B/blues talent has since gone from strength to strength, performing at the White House for Black Music Month and singing for Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. Amid all the accolades and advancements, Taylor has never forgotten her prairie roots, and that rural feeling informs all of her new EP, Born Free, a mixture of salvation gospel, delta blues and vocal jazz, that seek to soothe in troubled times and is the master of her “gospeldelic prairie blues."