Taylor Steele and the Love Preachers are a 4 piece Americana band with a powerful woman singer/songwriter as its driving force. Based out of Effingham, IL, they perform a powerful blend of roots rock with soul, country, blues, and funk influences. The group performs original music written by Taylor Steele, 25 year old rhythm guitarist and vocalist, along with their interpretations of songs by their favorite artists.
The Love Preachers have a way of sneaking up on you. The music is soulful, but sublime. The songs are smart and original, with roots that take you through rock and roll back to the blues of the old south. The vocal quality of Taylor Steele is reminiscent of great legendary singers like Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples but also modern stars like Susan Tedeschi and Gillian Welch. Stemming from these influences, she has immense control of her voice as she belts out notes and improvises, all while finding a beautiful balance between vibrato, tone, and projection. Just when you think you have it figured out, the Love Preachers start preaching, Taylor’s voice starts soaring, and they take you for the ride you won't soon forget.
Searching, the first album from Taylor Steele and the Love Preachers, brings it all together and tells Taylor’s story in musical and poetic fashion. The songs are listed on the album chronologically starting with the song Jeremiah that she wrote when she was 13. The band traveled to Nashville, TN to record this record of 10 Steele originals and one Jimmie Rogers cover. They roped piano legend Catherine Marx into the project, which was recorded at County Q Productions and co-produced by Alison Prestwood. The result is an R&B inflected Americana album that sounds far beyond Taylor Steele’s then 21 years.
They will soon be releasing their second full album of original music centered around Taylor's new original songs connecting grief and loss to uplifting spiritual forces. Old country and soul come together telling the tale of her most recent chapter in life with musical arrangements that intentionally pull in and move the heart.
Taylor Steele started singing when she was a young girl, joining her family on stage singing old time country music, 60's/70's bar band blues, and classic rock. She has covered a lot of ground since then and has spent a lot of time developing her self taught finger picking style. Growing up, she would get lost in discovering and covering folk/rock, old country, and soul/blues artists including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band, Hank Williams Sr., Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Neil Young, and Bonnie Raitt. This has informed Taylor’s songwriting and provided her with a wide range of excellent influences from which to draw.
The band consists of lead vocals, acoustic resonator, and electric telecaster by Taylor Steele, lead guitar and vocals by James Stewart, bass and vocals by Garrett Burris, drums and vocals by Kyle Heynen.
Taylor and her Love Preachers have performed alongside artists Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Neal Francis, Ben Miller Band, Chicago Farmer, The Mighty Pines, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, Ana Popovic, Steve Poltz, and The Wild Feathers
"Taylor Steele has one of those unique expressive voices that come from an old soul - Her range and timbre bring an authenticity to each song that should get the attention of any fan of Americana roots music. There's a purity and simplicity to the Love Preachers that reminds me of Sunday morning gospel services in the South."
- Chris hensley
itinerant music executive - retired
Elektra, rca, bmg, ua, emi
"Taylor Steele was born with the name of a rock star and the soul of a troubadour. Her voice embodies a peace and love that will lift you up from the prairies to the highest mountain tops."
- Chain Station
"Taylor's voice has a spellbinding power that can break your heart and heal it simultaneously. This electrifying band belongs at the top of everyone's "must see' list."
- Micahlan boney
"I have followed Taylor Steele’s musical career very closely since I first heard her play and sing two or three years ago. She is such a gifted and emotional performer, hitting all the right dynamics, notes, and notes between the notes. Now Taylor has a dynamite band, the Love Preachers, who can’t help but get you tapping your feet and dancing. Oh, and Taylor writes beautiful songs, too. I have played every one of Taylor’s recordings on my radio show, every song. I highly recommend the new record, Searching. It is major league great from start to finish, presenting a breadth of overlapping genres, from rock to blues to country to R&B, sometimes all in the same song. But, the best way to listen is LIVE! Always right on the money ... and so soulful."
- Kevin Elliott
WEFT Champaign Community radio
Host of 'From the Joshua Tree Inn'
"Taylor and The Love Preachers came into the studio in Nashville and blew the hardened studio veterans away! Taylor was nailing vocals and guitar in one take. The whole band had a very cool vibe as players and people, individually and collectively. They made a great record. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do."
- alison prestwood
nashville studio bassist / recording artist
credited bassist on George Benson's recent album "Walking to new orleans"
cma awards show house band 2019
four-time nominee for ACM Awards bass player ofthe year
The Office Pub (Effingham, IL)
The Brickbat (Teutopolis, IL)
Chili Fest (Effingham, IL)
Jackson Ave Coffee (Charleston, IL)
The Severing Link Series -Book Tour Performances
with A.Kastl (Carbondale, IL)
Hosting Nudge Coffee Roasters Open Mics (Highland, IL)
Hosting Young Musicians Project Open Mics (Centralia, IL)
Hosting Adam Brothers Music and Coffeehouse Open Mics
Hosting Village Wine & Gifts Open Mics (Effingham, IL)
Adam Brothers Music and Coffeehouse (Greenville,IL)
Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival 2016 (Greenville, IL)
Ripson Bridge Festival 2015, 2016, 2017 (Sorento, IL)
Oak Terrace Resort (Pana,IL)
Cindy's Longhorn Lounge (Pana, IL)
Windsor's Pub (Windsor,IL)
Folk Alliance International 2020
(New Orleans, LA)
Folk Alliance International 2018
(Kansas City, MO)
Folk Alliance Regional Midwest DJ Showcase 2018
(Grand Rapids, MI)
CI Living WCIA (Champaign, IL)
Off Broadway w/ Dana Michael Anderson
(St. Louis, MO)
Focal Point Songwriters In the Round
(St. Louis, MO)
Moccasin Creek Festival 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (
Summer Sundown Music Festival 2018, 2019
Wander Down Music Festival 2017 (Benton, IL)
WDMF 2019 (Makanda, IL)
Opening for Amanda Anne Platte & the Honeycutters
@ Harlan Hall (Marshall, IL)
Framily Fest 2018, 2019 (Effingham, IL)
Beesonstock Music and Arts Festival
2017, 2018, 2019 (Cisne, IL)
Spook Jam 2017 (Cisne, IL)
Vulture Fest 2019 (Makanda, IL)
Tres Hombres Carbondale, IL
Opening for Chicago Farmer: Moccasin Creek Festival Pre-Party
@ Johnny & June's (Flora, IL)
Rock Paper Podcast St Louis
Union Grove Distillery (Arkville, NY)
The Station Inn (Woodstock, NY)
PK's Pub (Bellows Falls, VT)
Naked Vine (Chesterfield, MO)
The Monocle (St. Louis, MO)
Mac's Uptowner (Charleston, IL)
BlueRock Record Songwriter's Round (Mt. Zion, IL)
Opening for Ivas John - House Concert
Alpha Brewing Co. (St. Louis, MO)
Blank Space (St. Louis, MO)
Arpeggio Winery (Pana, IL)
Coco's Cafe & Wine Bar (Lawrenceville, IL)
America's Groove Record Store (Effingham, IL)
JB's Hideout (Blue Mound, IL)
Tuscan Hills Winery (Effingham, IL)
Holiday Inn (Effingham, IL)
Village Wine & Gifts (Effingham, IL)
In two years the love preachers have played local big bills like Moccasin Creek Festival 2018/2019, Summer Sundown Music Festival 2018/2019, Wander Down Music Festival 2019, Framily Fest 2018/2019, as well as promo spots like WCIA Champaign and WEFT radio.
They have opened for Neal Francis, ben miller band, The Mighty Pines from St. Louis, MO and Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters from Asheville, NC.
Recent collaborations include artists Chicago Farmer and Micahlan Boney.
Taylor had the opportunity to sing You Gotta Move with Ray Wylie Hubbard at Moccasin Creek 2017.