Whether it was the grueling video shoot inspired by late and oh, so great boxing legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier for her latest single, Unstoppable, or its official premiere last week at Main Line Art Center which was followed by a special appearance at the 2nd Annual Legacy Exists Fundraiser honoring the dearly departed sports legend, local adult contemporary singing artist, the incredible Doreen Taylor truly hasn’t stopped.
But now that she’s finally had a Monday minute (literally) to gather her thoughts, she ever so graciously sat down at Philly Mixtape‘s tea table once again, breaking mugs about all of her future plans and all of the Unstoppable truth you can handle.
Or can’t you? There’s only one way to find out…take a seat right next to the lovely Doreen as she spills away about it all once more.
Hey, Ms. Taylor! Thank you for spilling with Philly Mixtape as always. How are you feeling after the big premiere of “Unstoppable’? I couldn’t have imagined a more incredible outpouring of love. I have always cherished my close friendship with Joe Frazier and to be able to honor his legacy with the power of music is a dream come true. I am so proud at how the music video came out and so grateful that the viewer watching it can feel the tremendous love and admiration I felt for this man. The release party at the Main Line Art Center on the 8th–incidentally on the 46th anniversary of the infamous Frazier/Ali ‘Fight of the Century’–was a great success and it was great to have members of Joe’s family with me celebrating. It was wonderful.
The video is simply incredible in every way as well. What was the experience like shooting it? Wow, that was by far the toughest shoot I have ever had to do and I have done some exhausting ones. I have a newfound respect for what boxers (and athletes in general) put their bodies through and the strength and endurance they need to win. I really boxed and sparred for the shoot. I wanted to make sure that I embodied Joe’s spirit in the best way that I knew how and I just couldn’t fake that. It would have been disrespectful to his memory. I actually still have cuts on my hands from hitting the bag so hard in the shoot! I just hope that Joe would be proud. I really think his spirit was smiling down that day pushing me to make it through.
Now, you and the late, great Mr. Joe Frazier were very close. What are a few of your fondest memories of him? I have so many amazing stories about my time with Joe and some I share while others I keep personal. I just know that Joe adored music and I believe that is why we bonded on a deep level. We performed several times together in Atlantic City and he would come out to my live shows often. It took me 6 years to find the perfect way to honor him and when I was writing my new album “Happily Ever After”, I knew it was the right time to write a song for him. His memory deserves to be remembered and I am just doing my best to continue to share his legacy to a new generation of fans.
Any other news you can spill for everyone right now? I haven’t officially announced anything but yes, we are presently workshopping a brand new musical based on the music from my Happily Ever After album (go right here right now) and it has been touted as a very innovative, hybrid musical that will break a lot of boundaries. I don’t know about all that, but I am really excited to be using my past experience in opera/musical theatre and acting and also my mainstream adult contemporary recording career and fusing it all into a pretty cool piece of art! It’s slated to appear Off Broadway in late 2017/early 2018. I am sure more details will be coming soon…!!
And…in preparing for St. Patrick’s Day…favorite u2 song of all time? “With or Without You’ and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name” are the top 2 that I think stick out as their best.
For much, much more with the incredible Ms. Doreen Taylor, get lost in the music on her Spotify page right here as well as on her official website right here.