It took locking away the noise of the outside world for Thea Taylor to truly find her voice.
Growing up the youngest of 10 siblings in an oppressive Mormon household under the Southern Californian sun, the artist better known as carolesdaughter always knew that she had music inside her. Trapped by her buttoned-down existence, however, she took a darkly circuitous route to letting it out. The drugs with which Thea first experimented aged 11 initially offered escape, but soon created their own kind of entrapment. It was only in the long silence of rehab that the infectious bittersweetness in her soul finally fought its way to the surface.
“I had no phone, no new music coming in, no outside influence,” she remembers today. “All I had were some self-help books, my guitar, and what I already knew. It was a very true inspiration in that I had nothing else to write about except what I was feeling, what I was going through. Being in treatment, with that occupying my mind 24/7, what came out was very emotionally vulnerable. Music has always been my therapy, in a way.”