Taylor of HE IS WE
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"Without the growing pains
that come with life, we cannot become who it is we were born
to be," says HE IS WE frontwoman Rachel
Taylor philosophically about the rather tumultuous
year she had involving both her personal health and her band.
Currently hard at work on the follow-up to her 2010 breakthrough
debut album My Forever (Republic Records),
her songwriting this time isn't based on the wide-eyed innocence
of youth but instead a wisened perspective of growth and appreciation.
"This next album is a make up of
the chapters the fans have seen me go through," she explains.
"It is my 'thank you' to each and every single prayer,
tweet or email sent my way."
Originally formed as a duo in Tacoma,
WA who decided on a lark to write a few little acoustic pop
songs in between work breaks at a musical instrument store,
He Is We blossomed into an indie pop powerhouse whose debut
album appealed to a huge audience. When My Forever was
initially released, it astoundingly debuted on Billboard's
Heatseekers Album Chart at #6 and zoomed up iTunes's
Pop Album Chart to #3 almost immediately, spawning two hit singles
"Happily Ever After" and "All
About Us (featuring Owl City)". They had collected
a wealth of accolades in media from Alternative Press
(“big enough for live sing-alongs and sweet enough for
to soundtrack next year’s prom”) to AbsolutePunk
(“For just a debut record, My Forever has set
He Is We up for greatness”) to About.com
(“If you love sweet, straightforward, melodic pop music,
you owe it to yourself to listen to He Is We”). With major
support from the media (including many Best of 2010 lists) and
a continually building digital sales story, He Is We was enjoying
commercial and critical success both in record sales and touring
when health problems forced Rachel off the road. Her bandmate
at the time, Trevor Kelly, continued their
hectic tour schedule while she tended to her health. While the
road to recovery was long and hard, it took a toll on the band
itself, with Trevor eventually departing, leaving Rachel to
decide her next step. But through it all, her fans were what
kept her going, both mentally and creatively. "I
have never felt so connected with the fans," she says appreciatively
of their continued and undying support. "They have truly
become family to me and I owe them everything."
With a renewed spirit and physical
health back up to par, Rachel is gearing up for the next step
- the follow-up to My Forever. "Feeling like I
had truly lost everything, I saw what it was that I was made
to do," she explains. "I had the hands of each and
every supporter raising me up, giving me strength and showing
me that I wasn't doing this alone. He Is We is more than just
'some band' but rather a movement of people. People who matter
to me and deserve to know it."
He Is We's as-yet-untitled second
album is due in 2013 on Republic Records.