Country music started young for Taite. "My country music career started out in front of my bedroom mirror holding a hairbrush," she said. "Reba McEntire was definitely my first favorite country artist." Taite started off her country music journey younger than most, and was heavily inspired by the powerful women of country music of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. These factors have developed Taite's sound into what it is today.
Being a woman in country music is harder right now than it has been historically, certainly harder than it was for the women that Taite idolized growing up. But Taite emphasizes that being true to yourself, transparent in your music, and genuine is what makes an artist who they are, and what makes a star. "That's the best advice I've ever gotten, and I still work towards that every time I'm writing something new,” Taite said. “I think authenticity is the most important part of being an artist, and it has a lot to do with whether listeners will resonate with the music."
Taite's debut self-titled EP was released at the end of January, featuring her debut single "He Loves Me," along with three other country-pop tracks. She names "He Loves Me" the best representation of her music as a whole. "I loved watching the production develop on that song, and I love what is says. It is so true to my personality!" Although all of the songs on the EP are important to her, the song she is most proud of lyrically is not her debut single. "I am most proud of "Enough" because of the message it sends and the way it seems to be connecting with people," she said. The chorus of the song emphasizes Taite's commitment to making girls feel like they're worth more than they think they are: "I'm enough, as long as I believe I'm enough" Taite sings. The song references beauty standards and boys pressuring girls into doing things they aren't comfortable in with, and also just the feeling of being less-than. It's an empowering and beautiful track.
She has all of this figured out, and Taite is still young. At only 18 years old, she still has time to further develop her sound, and what she wants to say with her music in the future. But she has an excellent start. "I'm looking forward to writing and being in the studio even more, and many more opportunities to get out there and get more of my music to listeners," Taite said. A song to look forward to is one titled "Would I Know You," which Taite said is a song that is very meaningful to her. "It hasn't been released yet, but I will be playing it out live this year as part of my set."
This year is set to be a breakout year for Taite, with the release of her EP, and the exposure she'll get as she tours and gets the chance to reach out to the country music fanbase. "So far I know I'll be traveling the southeast on the Music City Live Tour sponsored by Logan's Roadhouse and ASCAP," Taite said when asked about touring plans. "I'll also be on the Sirius XM Songwriter Showcase on March 1st." Taite said that 2016 has already been a year of exciting news and opportunities. "I can only imagine all that will happen in a whole year!"