4/18/2020 0 Comments
Tasha Layton is a singer/songwriter from South Carolina. Layton's vocals are powerful and compelling with lyrics to match. The lyrics of all of Layton's songs have one thing in common, they all come from a place of vulnerability and honesty. Not only is she a singer/songwriter but has also been known to show her face at a certain music camp as a vocals teacher. Tasha Layton has had a crazy ride so far and God is not done with her yet. Below, she answers some questions about her faith journey and musical process.
MR: You’ve been a part of quite a few different amazing ministry opportunities, including the season you’re in right now of being a recording artist! What has the journey been like?
TL: It’s been a journey of faith for sure. In hindsight our paths can some look like they make sense but in the middle of walking those paths sometimes it doesn’t make sense. I’ve certainly walked through seasons where I wasn’t sure what the next step was or why I was where I was in that moment. I will say though, every part has been meaningful and useful to what I get to do now.
MR: All of your songs are vulnerable and personal. Which song thus far has been the easiest to write and the hardest and why?
TL: The easiest song to write was “Into the Sea.” The lyrics came from such a simple and honest place everything just flowed.
The hardest was “Safe Here.” We tried to finish it for so long and nothing was clicking... we had been working on a different song and realized the chorus of that song worked with the verses of “Safe Here.” We ended up combining the writers and the two songs. The product was what you hear now!
MR: You have recently signed to BEC Recordings, what does that mean in terms of new music?
TL: It just means I have a wonderful team rallying around to support the call of God on my life and the music. I am thankful for them and without them I wouldn’t have been able to put music out as consistently as I have this last season.
MR: “Into The Sea (It’s Gonna Be Ok)” was recently released and is so powerful lyrically/vocally/musically. What was the thought process going into this song, writing it, and recording it?
TL: I was just open to whatever needed to be written that day. I think all of the writers felt equally as open and honest, which is where great songs come from in my opinion. As far as recording, I simply gave my input and trusted the team. We ended up using my scratch vocal from that day because it captured the emotion of our time together writing it.
MR: What song have you written that is your favorite in terms of being personal and close to you?
TL: I love the song “Love Lifting Me” because it captures some special aspects of my journey with God. The verses specifically speak to some inner healing prayer I experienced during a time of counseling. The chorus is something straight from the Lord that I had been singing around the house to encourage myself. The song means a lot to me because of the personal nature as well as because it’s indicative of my style.
MR: What made you decide to go into music? Was it a choice at first or did you feel God leading you into the profession?
TL: I wanted to go into music for a long time but didn’t feel “good enough.” It was definitely God’s leading... I felt impressed I was just to “do it scared” whether I felt good enough or not.
MR: Random question to get to know you as a person...what is your favorite movie and why?
TL: I love the movie Shawshank Redemption. It’s so well written and the actors are stellar. In reference to “romcom” I’m a “Holiday” kind of girl.
About Tasha Layton:
Tasha Layton grew up in a small town in North Carolina leading worship for her youth group from a young age. Layton went through a long time of questions and figuring out her faith and who God is. She auditioned for American Idol, continually making it to Top 60. She had the opportunity to go on tour with Rihanna and Kesha, but turned it down, only to accept an offer from Katy Perry that same day.
Layton has been on a long God-driven journey to the place where she is today.
For more information, visit tashalayton.com
Stream/Buy her latest music here.
Student studying Public Relations and Social Media as well as acting as much as possible with hopes to work at a Christian media company when graduated.