The summer might be coming to an end, but with the right song, it will be bittersweet. And if I didn’t know any better, I would think Stewart Taylor was reading my mind! “Mess Your Hair Up,” his new track has an R&B funk song that is reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album.
Although, the song also has a Prince vibe to it! And I love it!
“Mess Your Hair Up” is a marked departure from “Liberation,” Stewart Taylor’s inspirational LGBTQ anthem from four years ago! As Taylor has grown and matured, so has his music. These days Stewart’s songwriting focuses less on coming out and more on navigating through the good, the bad, and the ugly of relationships.
“Mess Your Hair Up” is inspired by Taylor’s own long-distance relationship! “I had recently moved to LA from New York, and my partner sent me a super sexy picture,” he explains. “I told him I wanted to jump on him and mess his hair up! The chorus of the song came to me almost immediately afterward.”
Stewart Taylor has known he wanted to be a singer since he was seven years old. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he had the opportunity to work alongside American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi. She introduced Taylor to Charlie Puth, who taught him the inner-workings of the studio. After graduating Berklee, Taylor moved to New York City on the Lower East Side for two years before making his way to Hollywood in 2017. Since then, he has been writing and recording in LA and regularly pitches songs to artists like Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes.
Taylor’s optimism shines through in the colorful music video for “Mess Your Hair Up.” “I wanted to keep it fun like the song itself, with a hint of old classic Hollywood in the black and white scenes.”
The video celebrates white, black, Latino, and even drag queen hairstyles, it’s all beautiful to Taylor. “I also had the privilege of working with LA-based choreographer Johnny Rice on the dance numbers in the video. Hopefully, it makes people want to get up and dance, too.”
Stewart Taylor’s “Mess Your Hair Up” is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms.
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