WEST JEFFERSON —Local West Jefferson singer and musician Taylon Hope Miller has received numerous awards, performed at countless venues all across the south and produced her first CD in Nashville, Tenn. with a single that has topped the charts of the Inspirational Country Charts.
Her accomplishments sound like those of a seasoned musician. Miller, however, is only 10-years old.
She was recently named the “Rising Star” at the King Country Agape Fest in Glen Rose, Texas on last month and is a top five nominee for the “Youth in Music” Award for the 2015 Inspirational Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn.
She’s also a nominee for “Junior Artist of the Year” for the 2015 Josie Show Awards in Nashville, Tenn and a nominee for “Youth Artist of the Year” for the 2015 Artists Music Guild awards in Monroe.
Her musical career began when she was just four years old.
“It was at Christmas,” Chris Miller, Taylon Miller’s father, said. “She had learned a song that she wanted to sing in front of the church at Christmas and she caught the bug right then and she’s wanted to do it every since. That was the big starting point as far as her wanting to perform.”
Since then, Taylon has been performing at festivals, churches and benefits throughout North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
She most recently performed at the Annual Fall Festival at Forest Ridge on Saturday, Sept. 19, and at the Greater Lansing Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12. She has also performed at the Nashville Cowboy Church and First United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn.
“We are both really proud of her,” Chris Miller said. “It’s something that she loves doing. She loves the traveling.”
At age eight, Taylon Miller won the 2013 Youth Division in the “Singing In The Foothills Competition” in Wilkesboro where she shared the stage with well known gospel artists Dailey and Vincent, Taranda Greene, The Nelons, Adam Crabb and Whisnants. That same year, she competed in the High Country’s Got Talent Competition in Boone where she received the People/Viewer’s Choice Award.
According to Chris Miller, it’s important for children to participate in activities outside of school.
“I think it’s very important for kids to be involved in something whether it’s sports or music or anything else,” Chris Miller said. “If nothing else, it gives them another social outlet besides school to meet people and get involved in things.”
Taylon Miller received her first guitar on her 8th birthday and uses it to accompany her singing. Although guitar is her favorite instrument, she’s also taking piano and mandolin lessons.
Last year, Taylon Miller released her debut CD and her first single, “What this World Needs”, reached number 28 on the Inspirational Country Charts. Her latest release, “She Prayed Anyway”, a song that she co-wrote with her producer, Tommy Brandt, debuted on the chart last month.
“I just feel blessed the last two years to have had the opportunity to travel throughout the South and share music with other people. Music means so much to me and that is why I worked so hard at what I do,” Taylon Miller said. “I love my community so much and I am so thankful and blessed for the support my family, church, and community has shown to me. I am just honored to be nominated for these awards and I am excited about the upcoming year and new opportunities.”
Her next performance will be at the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in North Wilkesboro on Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.. She will also be attending the Inspirational Country Music Convention Oct. 18-22.
“She’s a good kid and her heart’s in the right place,” Chris Miller said. “She’s just a joy and blessing to us.”
For more information about Taylon Miller, visit her facebook page at Taylon Hope Miller/Music or www.taylonhopemusic.com.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.