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Interview: LA-Based Singer/Songwriter Hayley Taylor on Art, Acting and Her Debut Album

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Although Hayley Taylor released her debut full-length album yesterday, chances are you've already heard her music on shows such as How I Met Your Mother and Royal Pains. Taylor's tunes are the type that'd inspire a writer to craft a scene around one of her songs.

It all started with the release of her 2006 EP, Waking, which served up a taste of what was to come four years later. With the help of producers Dan Romer and Eric Robinson, Taylor's new record, One Foot in Front of the Other, is a bright, tender and saucy collection that'll keep you coming back for more.

In addition to her talents as a musician, Taylor has made her name for herself as a film and TV actress, as well as an artist who studied at the Sorbonne and Vassar College. But it's her music that's taking center stage now, and LAist caught up with Taylor last week to learn more about the new album, her early acting role opposite Barbra Streisand, and her record release show Thursday night at the Hotel Cafe.

LAist: "Felt Like Love" features some great instruments—such as the ukulele and trumpet. What's one of your favorite aspects of that upbeat track?

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Hayley Taylor: The trumpet part means a lot—that's my uncle [Dr. Murray Postal] playing on the song. I'd always wanted my uncle to play on a song of mine, because he'd been a bandleader and had played the trumpet most of his life.

By the time I started recording, he was 89 and too ill to play the trumpet. But my aunt found this cassette of him playing in '76 and my producer was able to take that recording and change the key to make it work in the song. I was able to play it for him right before he died, and it was really special.

Hayley Taylor - "Felt Like Love"