NUNN'S THEATER HABIT
Upsahl keeps fans up at night with "Melatonin"
Tue. October 11, 2022 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
Taylor Cameron Upsahl is an enigma in the music business. The Phoenix native attended the Arizona School for the Arts where she was trained to play multiple instruments. The hard work paid off and she became a gifted songwriter tackling tough subjects such as mental health, sex, drugs and religion.
She wrote for other artists along the way such as Dua Lipa's "Good in Bed" and Madison Beer's "Boyshit." Upsahl started with great promise with singles like "Kiss Me Now" and "Drugs" before her major album release called Lady Jesus.
I interviewed her in 2019 at Lollapalooza and have watched her grow as an artist ever since:
She has opened for musicians on various tours and headlined her own at times which brought her to Subterranean in Chicago on October 10, 2022.
It's a smaller venue that has an awkward setup with two massive staircases, an upstairs balcony with low visibility that surrounds the performance area and a narrow rectangle space at the front of the stage. To go to the bathroom or buy merchandise patrons have to climb both sets of stairs and maneuver around the crowd to get there. Lincoln Hall would be better suited for her in the future if that is a possible option to book.
No matter the situation, Upsahl displayed a strong vision for her live concert in Chicago with solid backing musicians and a devoted fanbase. Her powerful music didn't pull any punches as far as lyrics and delivery in this setting.
Her encore had people screaming and dancing in the room thanks to the wild track "Lunatick" and the unforgettable stylings of "Drugs."
It is hard to understand why Upsahl has not had the career path that Lipa has had and has struggled similarly to Madison Beer with not having a magic single to catapult her into the mainstream. It is not from lack of trying by music representatives who have believed in her worth and originality since her debut.
Her music has been played on alternative radio stations because of her "Happy Endings" collaboration but has missed the mark on Top 40 playlists for solo material in the Windy City radio market so far.
We will see where she goes in the future in becoming a solo star or possibly a songwriter for more artists. In the meantime, she seems to be having the time of her life!
For more on the mystery of this talented performer head over to Upsahl.com. Follow her European tour before she returns to Arizona for the holidays.