Taylor Snooks | Studio Manager
Where are you from?
I’m from Chicago’s south side. I went to Marist High School and then went on to study at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. I considered just about every major under the sun until finally landing on Political Science, with minors in Psych and Spanish. I don’t really know where that degree with the nice price tag fits into my life yet, but I guess I’ll find that out one day. After graduating I moved back home and have been working as a nanny/assistant, and now studio manager as well.
Tell us about you and singing?
Well, it’s been a journey. For starters, the neighborhood I was raised in didn’t put much emphasis on expressing creativity and the arts, it’s very sports driven. While I did participate in school and church choirs, I never really put myself out there as a performer. I had a lot of fear that I never addressed, and I never vocalized my true love of performing. I felt safe in the background, even though a part of me wanted to be in front of the mic. Once I got to high school, sports became the focus in my life, but I continued on as a closet singer. Once I got to college, I still had the same passion for performing as I did when I was younger, I thought it was time to reintroduce my love of singing. I realized that when I sang, my throat would hurt to an unusual degree. I sought out a voice teacher in Michigan who I worked with for about a year on and off. It was great and I found myself making progress, but I had to move back home. Then after a bit of research… I found Davin Youngs Voice! Working with Davin and Missy has really changed my perspective. I found out that the way I had been singing was not doing my throat any favors. Before coming here, I had no idea the many technical aspects to singing. Realizing this made my lessons a difficult process but a fantastic one. I’m unlocking parts of my voice I never knew existed! It’s an amazing feeling, finding a sound that is my own.
What are your aspirations as a singer?
I believe the music I grew up infatuated with (Zeppelin, Cream, Joni, Stevie, Otis, etc) has greatly effected my aspirations. That era of music holds these great stories in it’s lyrics, and the orchestrations are unlike anything we hear today on the radio. The only other place where I feel that connection, between the artist and the audience, is musical theatre. I am at my happiest when I’m performing. To hear a story through a song and connect with it is a great gift, and my dream is to be able to give that gift to someone through my own voice, and hopefully inspire them like I've been inspired.
Why are you working at Davin Youngs Voice?
Besides the fact that I get to work for the most talented singers (seriously guys it’s not fair), I wanted this job because I love being around music and like-minded people. Everything about it is great, from the location, the Fine Arts Building, the two studios, etc.
I also love what you do here and I’ve had such an amazing and beneficial experience, I plan to help out as much as I possibly can so you can continue to give those experiences to a lot of other people!