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LAist Interview: Maria Taylor

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In 2005, Maria Taylor received national attention when songs from her first solo album, 11:11, were featured on Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, longtime fans of her music weren’t surprised in the slightest. Over the years she’s become known for her layered songwriting and meltingly beautiful vocals in bands such as Little Red Rocket, Azure Ray and Now It’s Overhead.

Following the success of 11:11, Taylor released her second solo effort, Lynn Teeter Flower, to critical acclaim in 2007. Then in June 2008, she and friend Andy LeMaster produced an EP called Savannah Drive, which includes stripped down versions of songs from her first two albums, plus one new track, "Tell Me." LAist recently caught up with Taylor at LA Mill in Silver Lake to chat about her next album, the theft of her instruments earlier this year, and her upcoming one-night-only Azure Ray reunion at the Troubadour on Nov. 30.

LAist: What’s the story behind the name of the album and the final track—the one of you as a young girl singing the words “Lynn Teeter Flower”?

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Maria Taylor: My dad had a friend name Lynn and he had a flower shop called “Lynn Teeter Flowers.” That recording was just me when I was little—I’d always sing and make up words to songs. And the story behind how I chose it as the title is that I had finished the album but didn’t have a name for it. I was with friends and we were trying to figure out the title really late at night. Then my dad e-mailed me the song and said, “Look what I just found!” When I heard it, I thought, “There it is! There’s the title.” I just thought it sounded cool.

Maria Taylor - "A Good Start"