2019 BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 292

The nominees for the 2019 BRIT Awards have been revealed.

UK pop sensations Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa lead the charge this year with an incredible four nominations each. Anne-Marie is up for British Female, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year, and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year for debut album Speak Your Mind, which went to No. 3 in the UK charts on release last spring. Following her two BRIT wins in 2018, Dua Lipa also receives four nominations, with two in both British Single and British Artist Video categories, for her own track ‘IDGAF’ and the No. 1 Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

George Ezra, whose second UK No.1 album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ was the best-selling artist album of 2018, is up for three nominations: British Male, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Single – bringing his total BRIT nominations tally to seven. One of the UK’s biggest breakthroughs of last year Jorja Smith, is also up for three nominations, British Female, British Breakthrough, and Mastercard British Album of the Year, following her 2018 Critics’ Choice win.

Up for two awards are: Calvin Harris, The 1975, Little Mix, Tom Walker, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit, Florence + The Machine and Rudimental.

Gorillaz are back fighting for British Group once again, having won in 2018, and Giggs receives his first ever BRIT nomination for British Male, but has stiff competition from
George Ezra, Sam Smith, Aphex Twin and Craig David.

This year’s nominations lists also include many previous BRITs Critics’ Choice nominees and winners: Jorja Smith (winner 2018), Mabel (nominated 2018), Anne-Marie (nominated 2017), Dua Lipa (nominated 2017), Years & Years (nominated 2015), Sam Smith (winner 2014) and Florence + The Machine (winner 2009).

A host of brand new names feature in this year’s international categories: Kamasi Washington, Travis Scott and Shawn Mendes are all up for International Male against 2017 winner Drake and four time BRIT winner Eminem, whilst International Female sees Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Christine & The Queens and 2014 nominee Janelle Monae all shortlisted.

Beyoncé has been nominated eight times (and won once), and JAY Z has received four nominations (and one win); 2019 sees their debut nomination for The Carters off the back of their Top Five album Everything is Love, and disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chic are at last nominated for their first BRIT award for International Group.

Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland said: “These nominations illustrate what an incredible year it has been for British talent and remind us what a great time it is to be a music fan, both in the UK and beyond. I’m delighted to see the nominations representing talent across a wide variety of genres – from returning artists to some incredibly exciting new talent, who are set to become the stars of the future. With such a strong list of nominees, we are certain of a fiercely contested and exciting night at the awards show in February.”

The BRIT Awards 2019 take place Wednesday 20 February at The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall. Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running.

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD – WON BY SAM FENDER

We are thrilled to announce that Sam Fender is the winner of the 2019 Critics’ Choice Award. Sam will be the first recipient of a 2019 BRIT Award, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE.

The award arrives at an important moment in Sam’s musical career, one that has seen a very rapid ascent over the past few months. Having toured the UK and Europe relentlessly, building himself a loyal army of fans, this young Newcastle based musician writes honestly and candidly about subjects of social and generational significance, drawn from his experiences growing up in the North East. Sam wraps his pertinent words in rousing, propulsive, arena-sized anthems. The recently released debut EP ‘Dead Boys’ is a mighty statement of intent, recorded in his warehouse studio just a stone’s throw from the River Tyne.

Sam Fender said: “I am truly humbled to win The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We’ve played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we’re going to go even harder in 2019. Most importantly, a big shout to my fans. I’ve met a lot of you over the last few years and it’s truly an honour to get up and play night after night to such a wonderful bunch of people. To everyone who’s taken a punt on me so far, thank you. Here’s to next year!”

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Many congratulations to Sam Fender on winning The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. He is an exceptional young artist, with a bright future ahead of him. This award has shone a spotlight on some of the most successful new acts for more than a decade, who between them have sold more than 90 million records, from Adele to Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine to Rag’n’Bone Man. I wish Sam the very best and that he enjoys the same success as many of the previous winners have before him.”

Lewis Capaldi and Mahalia are this year’s runners-up to overall winner Sam Fender. Since its inception in 2008, The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award has successfully identified the future stars of British music, with previous winners including Adele, Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Rag‘n’Bone Man, and last year’s winner Jorja Smith, who have all gone on to achieve phenomenal chart success both in the UK and globally. Collectively, The BRITs Critics’ Choice winners have sold over 90 million albums worldwide.

BRITISH MALE SOLO NOMINEES

Three-time BRIT Award winner Sam Smith will be competing for the title of British Male Solo Artist with Aphex Twin, Craig David and George Ezra, all of whom have been nominated in this category in previous years, alongside BRITs newcomer Giggs.

Five years after he took home the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award in 2014, Sam Smith is up for British Male Solo Artist for a second time.

Three-time BRIT nominee Aphex Twin was first nominated way back in 2000 for British Video with ‘Windowlicker’. His most recent BRIT nomination was in 2016 for the same category he now finds himself nominated for in 2019.

Craig David, who has been nominated an impressive 13 times for a BRIT Award but is yet to take home a win, is also up for British Male Solo Artist this year.

This marks George Ezra’s first BRITs nomination in four years, when he found himself up for four awards in one year.

Our final nominee Giggs is rewarded with his first ever BRITs nomination following a highly successful year.

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Following her first ever BRITs nomination last year for British Artist Video Of The Year, Anne-Marie finds herself as one of our most nominated artists of 2019 and is now in line to potentially take home British Female Solo Artist.

Florence + The Machine, who last won a BRIT Award back in 2010, has been nominated in this category three times prior but is yet to walk away with the title.

Being nominated for British Female Solo Artist this year marks Jess Glynne’s fifth BRITs nomination, but she too is yet to take home an Award.

Our 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith has also been nominated this year for British Female Solo Artist.

Lily Allen has seven nominations to her name and one win in 2010 for the category she now finds herself nominated for again, nine years later.

BRITISH SINGLE

This year’s British Single nominees are a brilliant mix of previously recognised talent alongside fresh new acts.

Anne-Marie, one of our most nominated artists this year, has been put up for Best Single previously; in 2017 for ‘Rockabye’. She finds herself once again nominated, this time for ‘2002’.

For the second consecutive year, Dua Lipa is a frontrunner in sheer amount of nominations racked up, with four to her name in 2019. She has managed to bag two nominations within the same category with her hit ‘IDGAF’ as well as her Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

Clean Bandit has also been nominated for British Single for the second consecutive year, this time with ‘Solo’.

Drum and bass four-piece Rudimental, who have previously won British Single in 2014 for ‘Waiting All Night’, have also earned themselves an Award nod for their hit ‘These Days’.

George Ezra was also previously nominated in this category in 2015 for ‘Budapest’ and comes back this year swinging with his offering to the charts ‘Shotgun’.

Rapper Ramz is one of our newcomers to the British Single lineup with his song ‘Barking’. Another freshman inducted into the BRITs nominee list this year is Indie artist Tom Walker, who has also secured his way onto the roll call with commercial hit ‘Leave A Light On’. Rising star Walker also finds himself up for British Breakthrough Act this year.

English DJ Sigala claims his place on this year’s nominee list alongside winner of British Female Solo artist in 2015 Paloma Faith, with their dance-pop offering ‘Lullaby’.

BRITISH GROUP

Collectively, the nominees for British Group have 20 nominations and 10 wins between them.

Winners of British Group in 2017, The 1975 are once more in the running to take home the Award, but they face stiff competition in this category.

Arctic Monkeys, who have won an impressive seven BRIT Awards over the years, including four in this category, have only lost out on a win twice, for British Group and British Live Act in 2012 and 2008 respectively. This year marks their fifth nomination for British Group.

Winner of last year’s British Group Award, Gorillaz, have been nominated again this year. They are no strangers to the BRIT Awards, with seven additional past nominations under their belt.

Little Mix, who treated the BRITs audience to two spectacular performances in 2016 and 2017, are this year nominated for British Group. They have won one Award previously for British Single with ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ and have racked up a further six nominations in the last three years.

After narrowly missing out on the Critics’ Choice Award back in 2015, followed by four nominations in quick succession in 2016, Years & Years have now been nominated for British Group for the second time in 2019.

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

This year’s British Breakthrough Act nominees include last year’s Critics’ Choice winner, and Mercury Prize 2018 nominee, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, IDLES, last year’s Critics’ Choice runner up Mabel and Tom Walker.

Jorja Smith wowed at Critics’ Choice in 2018 with her performance of ‘Teenage Fantasy’, and now finds herself in the enviable position of potentially taking home three BRIT Awards at the 2019 ceremony. Fellow nominee Mabel narrowly missed out on the Critics’ Choice Award to Jorja last year.

BRITs newcomers Ella Mai and IDLES also both have the chance to scoop British Breakthrough, making welcome additions to this year’s list of nominees.

Finally, Tom Walker, who is also nominated for British Single for his hit ‘Leave A Light On’, completes the roll call of talent in line for British Breakthrough 2019.

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The winner of the British Artist Video award is decided by you!

The vote opens on 4 February and will close on 15 February, with the winner being announced during The BRITs ITV broadcast on 20 February.

This year the list of nominees for British Artist Video Of The Year features plenty of familiar faces, all of whom have been nominated for a BRIT Award in previous years. There are also a number of artists in this category who have been nominated for British Single too.

The year 2019 appears to be a stellar one for ‘2002’, as not only has this track bagged Anne-Marie a nomination for British Single, but it has also earned one of our most nominated artists a spot in line for British Video.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’, Rudimental’s ‘These Days’, Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ and Clean Bandit’s ‘Solo’ were all also deemed full packages and have been nominated for both British Single and British Video.

Rita Ora finds herself honoured twice in this category, once for ‘Let You Love Me’ and once for her ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ collaboration with Liam Payne,For You’. Liam and Rita are no strangers to a BRITs team-up, having performed this very track last year.

Little Mix have previously been nominated for British Video three times in as many consecutive years. Their video ‘Woman Like Me’ marks their fourth shot at taking home the BRIT Award. They previously won British Single for ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ in 2017.

Jax Jones finds himself nominated for a BRIT for the second year running, having previously been put forward for Best Single for his RAYE collaboration ‘You Don’t Know Me’ in 2018. He now finds himself nominated for British Video for ‘Breathe’.

Jonas Blue has earned himself a hat-trick, with 2019 marking the third consecutive year he has been nominated for British Video. His video for ‘Rise’ is now in line to potentially nab him his first win at the Awards.

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

This year’s International Male Solo Artist nominees cover multiple genres and include Canadian rapper Drake, fellow rapper Eminem, American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and multi-talented record producer Travis Scott.

Drake won the coveted International Male Solo Artist title in 2017 following two nominations in the same category in 2014 and 2016. He was also nominated last year but lost out to Kendrick Lamar.

Another nominee who knows The BRITs well is Eminem, who also features in this category. Along with Beck and Kanye West, Eminem has won this title the most times with three previous wins. If he wins again this year it takes him to four wins, making him the recipient of the most BRIT Awards for International Male in history.

Conversely, these are Kamasi Washington, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott’s first ever BRITs nominations.

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

All of our International Female Solo nominees are fresh on The BRITs scene. Ariana Grande has only been nominated for an Award once previously, in 2016.

BRITs newcomers Cardi B and Camila Cabello find themselves nominated for a BRIT Award for the very first time in this highly competitive category.

They are in great company alongside fellow nominees Christine and the Queens and Janelle Monáe who have both only been nominated for one Award respectively prior to this year.

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Our International Group nominees this year comprise an eclectic mix of newcomers, including Beyonce and Jay-Z’s musical enterprise The Carters, Texan musical collective Brockhampton, Nile Rodgers and his band Chic, female folk duo First Aid Kit and American duo Twenty One Pilots.

For married musicians The Carters, Brockhampton and Nile Rodgers & Chic, this is their first BRIT nomination.

Folk duo First Aid Kit have been nominated once before in 2015 and Twenty One Pilots were recognised in 2017, both for the same category in which they find themselves this year.

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Our Mastercard British Album Of The Year nominees comprise Manchester’s The 1975, singer-songwriter and top collaborator Anne-Marie, Florence + The Machine, George Ezra and 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith.

For The 1975, this is their second nomination for Mastercard British Album Of The Year, this time for their album ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’. They have also previously won British Group back in 2017.

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Anne-Marie is up for a total of four nominations across the board this year, one of which is for her debut studio album ‘Speak Your Mind’.

No stranger to being both nominated and triumphant at the BRIT Awards over the last decade, Florence + The Machine has bagged herself another nomination with her album ‘High As Hope’.

George Ezra has been nominated for the first time in four years for his album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’. Previously, Ezra stormed into the BRITs consciousness back in 2015 when he was nominated four times as well as affording the audience a stirring performance of his hit ‘Budapest’ on the night.

Rounding up the esteemed list of nominees for Mastercard British Album Of The Year is the much-nominated Jorja Smith with her debut studio album ‘Lost & Found’.

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LINDSAY ELL TALKS TOURING, NEW MUSIC & SONGWRITING INSPIRATION 0 87

Having earned herself a considerable following as a result of her number 1 album The Project connecting with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and following a brief visit to the UK earlier this month as tour support for country superstar Chris Young, it’s fair to say things are looking fairly rosy for Lindsay Ell, but that’s not to say she’s resting on her laurels. Instead, currently working on her next LP, Lindsay is looking forward to a bright and ambitious future, and she spoke to ThisIsTheLatest to chat musical influences, future performance plans and where she most finds inspiration for her songs.

TITL: Given that you were discovered at the age of 13, is it safe to say that music has been always been your passion or have there been times when you’ve felt even slightly swayed to follow a different path? 

Lindsay Ell: Music has always been such a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl. I started playing shows at such a young age, that by the time I was 10, I fell in love with performing in front of an audience. I knew that my heart felt at home playing on stage, and nothing came close to giving me that same feeling!

TITL: Which bands and artists are you most influenced by and how do they impact the music you make? 

LE: I listen to so many different kinds of music. When I was growing up I listened to everything in between Shania Twain and Garth Brooks to Tommy Emmanuel. Of course, I will always be inspired by John Mayer, and Keith Urban. Currently I’m listening to a lot of Lany, Lauv and Janelle Monae. 

TITL: Tell me a little about your recent collaboration with Brantley Gilbert “What Happens In A Small Town”. How did the two of you come together to work on the track? 

LE: I was so grateful that when Brantley and his record label head, Scott Borchetta, sat down to brainstorm who they wanted to be a part of this duet, they thought of me. I am honored to be a part of this song, and feel that although Brantley and I aren’t the first two names you’d think of to put together in a duet, that is what makes it so special. My favorite collaborations are ones of two artists you wouldn’t immediately think of performing something together. That is what makes it unique. That is what makes it special. 

TITL: In terms of your lyrics and general song-writing from who or from where do you find most of your inspiration?

LE: Carole King, Lori McKenna and Brandi Carlile are some of my favorite songwriters but I personally get inspired by so many different things. Through traveling a lot, all over the world, I find myself constantly being inspired by different cultures and people watching.

TITL: You’re currently working on a new album, the follow up to your US number 1 LP The Project. Is there anything you can tell me about it or are you keeping things hush hush for now? 

LE: I’ve been writing a lot towards the next record. A lot has happened in my personal life and my career in the past two years, so I think fans are going to be able to see that on this next album. Song-writing in a lot of ways becomes my therapy. 

As someone who has performed on both sides of the Atlantic, have you noticed any similarities or differences between audiences here and back home? 

Getting to play music for fans across the world is so incredible. Fans definitely differ a little bit from country to country.  The think that I have always loved about UK audiences is fans want to listen to the song-writing and the music. As a guitar player, and someone who loops sometimes in live sets, it is amazing to play for an audience that appreciates musicality to that degree.

TITL: For anyone who hasn’t seen you before, what can they expect from a performance of yours?

LE: Hopefully anyone coming to watch our show can walk away with feeling like they got to see some real music. I try to put on a dynamic set, with lots of epic guitar solo moments, and intimate acoustic songs. I like to take the audience through a journey while I’m up there. If I can make them laugh, cry, and want to dance in the same set I’ve done my job. 

TITL: If you could put together your dream show with four bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play? 

LE: That’s always a hard question…. I would have to say Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. If you’d ask me that question again I probably would have a different answer every time, because it’s so hard for me to narrow down my list of artists I look up to. But we’ll start there.

TITL: Finally then, what does the rest of the year have in store for you? 

LE: We will be touring a lot over the next year. We’re just at the start of music festival season…and Brantley Gilbert and I will be touring together later this fall. Having just finished up a tour here in the UK, I’m already planning on the next time I can get to come back again. I’m hoping on a few shows this fall, and then coming back early in the new year!

Check out “What Happens In A Small Town” below and for more information on Lindsay Ell, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

DOREEN TAYLOR TELLS ALL ABOUT HER OFF-BROADWAY SHOW “SINCERELY, OSCAR” & LOOKS TOWARDS A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE 0 203

Doreen Taylor is no stranger to dreaming big. With two music and performance related degrees under her belt, an array of theatre production credits to her name and a successful career as a solo artist, she’s ambitious and not afraid of people knowing it. After her production “Sincerely, Oscar”, which she created and produced herself, had a successful run in Philadelphia last year, the show has now moved to New York and is currently undertaking a 14 week run at Theatre Row, Off-Broadway. In between shows, Doreen kindly took the time to chat to ThisIsTheLatest about the creative process behind the show, her memories of opening night and where Sincerely, Oscar might go in the future.

TITL: First of all, for those unfamiliar with you and your background, can you just give a little insight into your music and performing career? 

Doreen Taylor: I’ve been performing for many years now, and having earned myself degrees in both opera and voice performance, I consider myself very fortunate to have been a part of some fantastic theatre productions including Robert Ward’s The Crucible, in which I played Abigail Williams, and Christine in Phantom Of The Opera. In terms of my music, I released my first album Magic back in 2012 while my latest album Happily Ever After has received great reviews and is to hopefully become an Off-Broadway musical in the next couple of years.

TITL: You’ve been pretty busy lately with your off Broadway show, Sincerely, Oscar, after a successful run in Philadelphia last year. How does it feel to know you’re working on the same streets and around the same venues as some of the biggest and most popular musicals and shows in the world? 

DT: It is pretty surreal. One of the very first musicals I starred in when I was just a kid was “42nd Street” and now here I am all these years later starring in my very first show I have written in an iconic theater on 42nd STREET! It is pretty amazing how life can just come around full circle and give affirmations that I have been on the right path all along. I guess the most amazing part is that the shows that we are honoring by the great Oscar Hammerstein all opened on Broadway within one mile of where we are performing “Sincerely, Oscar” now. That is a pretty humbling feeling!

TITL: You created and produced the show yourself – what is it about this particular show that made you want to bring it to life in the way that you have?

DT: It’s weird… I was busy working on my mainstream Adult Contemporary music career writing, producing and performing my own music and this opportunity came out of nowhere at a music video premiere that I was hosting. I was lucky enough to meet the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein and his lovely family at this event and we instantly hit it off. I felt a strong calling to use my talents to bring recognition to Oscar and help honor this iconic Broadway legend. I created the previous iteration of the show and debuted it in Philadelphia and we did so well that I wanted to bring it to the heart of Broadway. I worked for over a year and a half developing “Sincerely, Oscar” and am so proud at the finished product. It is truly like my child and I feel as though I have nurtured and loved it every step of the way.

TITL: Did you have any prior creative/production experience prior to this or was this project something you felt so passionately about you just had to give it a first time try? 

DT: I always have had a hand in producing my solo mainstream concerts that we have toured around the US, and even some of my music videos, but this is the first time I have written and produced something of this colossal size and importance on the theatrical stage. I feel so lucky that I have been given such a great opportunity right out of the gate!

TITL: Can you talk me through the creative process for the show? Where did your first ideas come from and how did you expand them over time to the point you realised you could make your thoughts and ideas a reality? 

DT: I think the most incredible achievement in the creative process of this show was the way we created the role of “Oscar Hammerstein” himself. Early on, I got it stuck in my mind that I wanted to do something unique and totally “out of the box” for his character. I had just visited Las Vegas and caught a Michael Jackson tribute show at Mandalay Bay where they had created Michael as a hologram and he interacted with the other performers. It blew me away and never quite left me. I wanted to be the very first to bring this technology to the NY stage and I never really let go of that idea – even when others said I was crazy! And now, here we are, being the very first production ON or OFF Broadway that has used this 3d holographic technology in a theatrical production. It is really quite stunning and impressive and I am so honored to be the one to pave the way for this new technology. Sure, there has been some blow back from purist critics who don’t believe in bringing this kind of technology to the theatrical stage- but I have news from them—like it or not, it’s coming and “Sincerely, Oscar” is living proof of it. You can’t stop progress.

TITL: Were there ever any days or times that you questioned or doubted what you were doing, or were you 100% committed to?

DT: Every. Single. Day. It would be weird if I didn’t occasionally doubt my creative choices- especially when you have to deal with ridiculous opinions from people who are afraid of the technology or of the advancement. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t have changed anything and I am so proud at what has been created. I sometimes sit back while I am performing in the show and absorb the incredible audience response and feel a huge sense of pride that I am here and I am able to live out this incredible dream!

TITL: How did you bring the production’s cast/crew together? Were/are they friends of yours or did you put out a casting call? When did you know you’d found the right people for each part of the show? 

DT: A little of column A, a little of column B. In the case of my gifted director, Dugg McDonough, we had worked together years ago in several productions at Temple University as well as Des Moines Metro Opera Company. I immediately thought of him when I was creating this show and asked him to return to collaborate on this project. As for the rest of the cast and crew, most were hired from referrals and casting. One of the hardest parts of creating any new production is finding the right people to work on it. I can honestly say that in all my years of performing professionally, I have never worked on a show where I truly like and respect every person that is there. This is the first time I can say that. We have become like a family and we all look out and protect each other. It is a really wonderful thing.

TITL: What can you recall of the infamous opening night? Were you nervous or just buzzing and raring to go? 

DT: It went by SO fast! I can say that I am a little nervous before every show I do. That never really goes away and I am actually glad that those butterflies are there. I never get complacent or “phone in” a performance. Every show is like opening night to me. The party was a blast and we really had one amazing night celebrating this great success together!

TITL: Given that Broadway is typically considered to be more of a man’s world, how proud does it make you feel to know you’re proving yourself to be just as good as your male counterparts when it comes to putting on a successful production? 

DT: To be honest, I still feel there is a lack of support and respect for women creators/producers in this industry. While it is admittedly a lot better, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done. I am really honored to be a strong woman voice out there creating good, commercial theater in an otherwise male dominated industry. It is so sad that in this #metoo era we don’t embrace more female voices attempting to create on the theatrical stage but I think there are more of us out there that will brave the storm and keep pushing the boundaries, regardless if we are always embraced or not while we do it! However, that being said- women need to start supporting women colleagues in theater more. Sad to say that some of the harshest critical voices out there are from other women. That has always baffled me. Trying to blow out the candle of another does not make theirs burn any brighter.

TITL: What advice would you give to anyone out there who has an idea that they’d love to see brought to life on a stage such as one on or off Broadway? What traits might you say they need in order to keep pursuing that idea/dream until it becomes reality?

DT: I would say that dreams can come true and I am living proof of that. However, set your sights with reasonable goals. Start small. Test the waters. People don’t usually wake up one morning and decide to have a show open on Broadway next week. It takes a long time of work, dedication, financial support and most of all- thick skin, to navigate this industry. There will be enormous sacrifices that will need to be made and there will be a lot more tears than laughs at times. But after all that is said and done, there is no greater joy than to see your creation brought to life by fabulously talented people each and every day and I truly feel blessed to have this opportunity.

TITL: Finally then, now that Sincerely, Oscar is proving to be a hit, have you thought about any other productions you might like to work on, or is all your time and energy focused on this for the time being? 

DT: Right now I am focusing on this limited engagement run at Theatre Row in NYC, but I would be lying if I said I am not looking to the future for what is next. I believe we have even bigger and better things in store for “Sincerely, Oscar” coming in the near future. Maybe it will be a national tour, maybe an international tour, or maybe a residency in Vegas? There has been a lot of buzz as to where this should go next… and right now the sky is the limit! I am just excited to see where this remarkable journey will go!

For more information on Sincerely, Oscar visit the official website. You can also keep up to date with Doreen via doreentaylormusic.com, or by following her on Twitter and liking her page on Facebook. Her latest album Happily Ever After is available now. Header photo credit: James Jackson.