Columbus Ohio native Taelor Gray grew up in a household filled with gospel and soul tunes. The Winans' song, "It's Time", was one of Taelor's first experience with rap music. Over the years Taelor developed a love for the sounds of Rawkus Records artists, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharaoh Monche, and Common. Leaving behind his young hobbies of action figures, video games, and comics, Taelor began to focus on his music aspirations. At age 14, Taelor's love for rap became personal, developing his own style, he began to rap. A few years later, Taelor, his brother Christon, and James Hazley went on to develop a group called the Elevationists. The group regularly traveled and performed from 2006 to 2009.
When Taelor isn't honing his craft, he is spending time with his loving wife of 6 years and their son Levi. Currently Taelor serves as one of the pastors at Veritas Community Church, ministering to a diverse community in Columbus Ohio. Read More Here
How would describe your style of music?
I'd call it conversational rhythm and poetry. I grew up listening to a lot of gospel and soul music, so my approach to creating has always been a bent toward wanting to feel something in a song. It's also pretty cerebral at times-I'm a thinker so I try to write to make people think.
How did you first become interested in rap, particularly Christian rap?
Well it started with an old song by the Winans, "Its Time," that had a rap part on it. My brother and I used to sing in the children's choir, and the director used to choose 3 kids to rap that part when we sang the song at church. I wanted so bad to be one of the kids who did the rap part, but I never got chosen. Ever since then I became obsessed with rap music, and got into Hip Hop more in junior high school. As I was getting more into it, my parents found out I was listening to mainstream rap on the radio...which was a no-no in our strict, Christian household. My dad took me and my brother to a local Christian bookstore to find something they would allow us to listen to comparable to the secular stuff. We decided on Ambassador's Christology In Laymen's Terms and loved it. Shortly afterward, a friend of ours introduced us to LPG's 360 album and from then on we were sold on believers who could rap.
For our readers who would like to find out more about you and your music, where can they go?
My Instagram/Twitter handle: taelor_gray
I'm one of the Facebook patriarchs (had it since it was only for college students haha), so just my name.
You can find my music at the following spots: