WEST JEFFERSON-It’s only September, but Ashe County’s Taylon Hope Miller has set Nashville and the country music scene ablaze in 2016.
The precocious and budding super star recently notched the Vocalist of the Year (junior division) at the Josie Music Awards on Sept. 18.
“It was a really good weekend,” said her father, Chris Miller, on the family’s most recent trip to the music capitol of the world. “It was very enjoyable.”
While Taylon has enough accolades and honors to make even Taylor Swift a little jealous, last weekend’s nod was perhaps the biggest to date for Ashe County’s little singing sensation.
The Josie organization is known for its support of Indy artists of all ages and genres.
Landing a spot at the awards show was no small feat. She was one of 30 that auditioned and made the cut from a field of 600 performers at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
For the audition, Miller had to perform at least one original song.
“I chose a song that’s called, ‘Stay There a Little While,” said Miller in a previous interview. “It talks about how you change for other people and to be confident.”
Miller also composed, “God’s Got This.”
“It’s about when you are going through troubles, God will help you. I wrote both songs a couple of months ago.”
On Sunday night, Taylon performed one her originals, “Dance,” which her dad said is a song about dreams.
“It’s about how a person can chase their dreams,” said Chris. “She can really relate to that. She had a big part in writing it.”
Last weekend’s visit marked the family’s eighth trip to Nashville this year alone. Taylon has visited the country music Mecca three times for writing sessions for her upcoming album.
While this summer has proven to be one she won’t forget for a long time, fall could be just as exciting and fulfilling for the young star.
Next month, she is going to the Inspirational Country Music Association Convention for her nomination two awards including artist of the year.
And she doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
“There are no signs of burnout,” said her father “She has so much fun with it. She loves every minute of it. It’s a lot like sports. She separates school and music. When it’s time for her practice she practices, but she does all the other things 11 year old does. It does take up a lot of time, but it’s no different from a kid practicing football or volleyball.”