Local country singer Taylor Lynn Cullen will open for Makenna & Brock. In this Q5 she talks about her love of music.

Local country singer Taylor Lynn Cullen will open for Makenna & Brock. In this Q5 she talks about her love of music.

1. Taylor, are you excited to be the opening act for Makenna & Brock—and why?
  I am excited for every opportunity I get to share my music and perform. The fact that I get to open up for a talented duo like Makenna & Brock is just icing on the cake. I always love to meet and make friends with other artists so that we can help each other grow.
 
2.How did you become interested in country music? How long have you been performing and do you write your own songs?
I attribute my introduction to country music to my mom's Dixie Chicks CD that she let me listen to. I listened to their song Wide Open Spaces over and over again (and it might just be on my set list for this show). But my real love for country music started with Carrie Underwood on American Idol - and she continues to inspire me to this day. My songwriting journey began when I was 9 years old in a small pink notebook that had 'princess' inscribed on the cover. Since then, I've filled notebook after notebook with original music, and I'm so blessed to have been given the gift of songwriting. I started performing professionally when I was 15, when I had actually written some pretty decent songs and taught myself guitar and piano to give them some depth. I've been given the opportunity to perform all over the country and go to one of the biggest music conferences in the world, the NAMM show in L.A., where I picked up five endorsements: Ultrasone Headphones, Artist Relations, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Kurzweil Keyboards, and The Piano Store.
 

3. What has been your most memorable performance? What country music stars inspire you the most?
I think my most memorable performance is singing “God Bless America” at the Royals game last year. I was blessed with the opportunity to sing two years in a row, but this last year, when I was finished and walking back to my seat, I saw Mike Moustakas talking to one of the coaches and he told me I did a great job. It was probably one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life, singing in front of thousands of people, but it's an incredible thing to see your own face up on the big screen. The artists that inspire me the most are the ones that write all of their own music like I do. Miranda Lambert is definitely my number one, but I also love Maren Morris, Brandy Clark, and Chris Stapleton.

4. Do you think that growing up in Leavenworth helped you to realize your dream of being a country music artist?
I think that one of the big themes in country music is home, and Leavenworth has always been home for me. I've lived in five different states, spending my middle and high school years over in California, but I was always excited to come back to Leavenworth, to be with my family. I even wrote a song many years ago about Leavenworth called “Home.” I think being in Leavenworth, around my family who have always been so supportive of my dreams, has shaped me and given me the confidence I need to pursue such a big goal.
 

5. Why is it important for you to perform at the Lansing Education Foundation fundraiser?
Getting an education is so, so important. Not that long ago, I was complaining about waking up for school each morning and about the amount of homework I had to do. Looking back now, I see how school gave me not only knowledge to move on and succeed in college and in life, but social skills and friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Every child deserves a quality education and I'm honored to be a part of this event.
— Rimsie McConiga