My new EP is officially out!
It's been a while since I have released something like this, and I think that, in combination with it being the beginning of a new year, has me all kinds of nostalgic and reflective about how far I have come in my personal music creating. So I decided to take a trip down memory lane and make a music timeline of 6 EPs over the past 10 plus years, with pictures and music clips to sequence this journey. (I hope you can be kind with the quality of things and remember there are definitely some growing pains along the way).
#1: How2 and the Ensemble 2011
Song featured: Mixed Up with You
Right out of high school, I formed a band with my brother and my high school music friends (Conner, Jared, Scott, Wesley, and Carson). We had our first paying gig playing our family friend Robin’s birthday party that turned into recording an EP together. We recorded with Daniel Martin, who was extremely generous with his rates at the time. Even so, when we did run out of funds, we supplemented with recording late at night at Scott’s church and it was seriously SO MUCH FUN to hang out with this group and make this EP. It's a little rough around the edges, but brings back some great memories.
#2 Taylor and Tanner Howe 2012
Song Featured: Come What May
As a follow up for our first EP, my brother Tanner and I (my maiden name is Howe) ventured on our own a bit (as a lot of the original band started college and moving on to other things). We recorded with Daniel again. The coolest part about making this was the quality time with my super talented brother Tanner and writing so much music together.
#3 Taylor Miranda: Unafraid (Demo EP) 2013
Song Featured: Love Power Hungry Woman
This EP ended up being more of a demo, especially because this was my starving student period, and everything that came together was completely donated (whether that be studio time, musician’s time by my friends and producing by my friend Skylar Hansen. I actually originally recorded this as fundraiser so that my husband Habib Miranda could take an MCAT Prep course (little did we know that he would completely switch career paths). Another experience that was so fun though, with so many new friends willing to jump in for free and make this happen in creative ways.
#4 The Heartstrings (The EP that got away) 2014
Song Featured: Into the Dark by Adam Rallison
I include this incredible song written by Adam Rallison, because I loved being part of the band The Heartstrings and regret that we never finished an EP that we started! We performed locally in Provo and had an absolute blast. The band shifted over time (starting with Adam, Jared, Johnny) and shifting into a trio with me, Adam, and David, with friends Wesley, Hunter and Skylar jumping in often. This period of time was a blast performing so much. My face hurts from smiling just thinking about it.
#5 TREN Compilation 2015
Featured Song: Live or Survive
Making this song, had a huge impact on my life. I gathered what I called the music Avengers (Aka a super team of music students from BYU), and we made a song aiming for the end credits of the last Hunger Games, forming a band with our initials (Taylor, Richard, Eliza, Nate). Becoming a band was sort of a last minute decision, that lead to us creating several music videos and movie tributes, to making custom music projects together to this day. Major shoutout to David for being amazing on violin for our first track Live or Survive. I still love being part of this group to this day. And in 2020 we released all the movie tribute music we have made over the years as an album.
#6 Taylor Miranda: Hole in the World 2023
Featured Song: Learn My Lesson
The concept for the EP started as an idea a while back (dating as far as 2017) to make an album called Quarter Life Crisis. I struggled having 2 kids under 2 and figuring out all the things, and felt really lost as an individual person for quite some time. This lead to quite a few feelings that I channeled into songs over the years. By the end of 2020, I had about 20 complete songs that I was proud of relating to this theme of hard things. After narrowing down to the ones that meant the most to me and things lining up to make this with my friend and producer Nate (from TREN), we slowly made this EP “Hole in the World” happen.