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Taylor Steele and the Love Preachers are a five piece band with a powerful woman singer/songwriter as its driving force.  Based out of Effingham, IL, they have evolved , grown tight musically, and elevated their sound in the span of two years as a band. In 2019, fans and festival promoters alike claimed that TSLP have improved immensely in just the past year.  This is due to spending countless hours together preparing Taylor's original songs for the studio and recording their first album.  It's hard to place them into one genre as they are the combination of roots, soul, country, blues, jazz, funk, and jam influences.  Each Love Preacher has a mission to essentiate Taylor's undeniable presence and style with untouchable chemistry.  You can feel it radiating from the stage through Taylor's phrasing, improvisation, and how each band member fits into a groove playing off of each other.


The Love Preachers have a way of sneaking up on you. The music is souful, 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 singers of the past like Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell but also modern stars like Susan Tedeschi and Gillian Welch.  Of 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. And 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 of your life.

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, including the great songwriters like Bob Dylan and Hank Williams, Sr., groovy rock and roll from the Grateful Dead and The Band, and blues from Bonnie Raitt and Tedeschi Trucks Band. This has informed Taylor’s songwriting and provided her with a wide range of excellent influences from which to draw.

Searching, the new 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   The band traveled to Nashville, TN to record this CD of 10 Steele originals and one Jimmie Rogers cover. They roped piano legend Catherine Marx into the project, which was recorded at County Q Producions and co-produced by Alison Prestwood. The result is an R&B inflected Americana album that sounds far beyond Taylor Steele’s 21 years.

In spite of Steele’s youth, the Love Preachers have many years of performance under their collective belt. The band consists of lead vocals, acoustic resonator, and electric tele by Taylor Steele,  lead guitar by James Stewart, bass by Garrett Burris, drums by Kyle Heynen, and keys by Nick Szwedo.

While the Love Preachers are comfortable in a wide variety of venues, it seems to be their calling to be on the festival stage. They have been featured at the Moccasin Creek Festival, the Summer Sundown Music Festival, Beesonstock, The Wander Down Music Festival, Framily Fest and lots more. With the release of Searching, their star is rising and they are proving that they are ready for the big stage.


"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

   Mountain music

"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

Media interviews

Rock Paper podcast (St. louisEpisode 710 -

Taylor steele




Rock Paper podcast (st. louis) episode 747 -

Garrett Burris & Taylor Steele




"the spiel" on southern illinois fox 23 

nov 2019


skip to minutes 0:31, 0:38, 0:51 -




WCIA Ci living Champagin - Live performance / interview

may 2019

Live on without -

i try -

Look into my soul -


weft session guest - champaign, IL

nov 2019

no online archive available




weft radio champaign, IL - guest on

"From the joshua tree inn" hosted by kevin Elliott

may 2019

no online archive available




WDBX radio Carbondale, IL - two time guest on "her turn" hosted by chris mckinley

nov 2018 / may 2019

no online archive available


Past Shows

Woodstock 50th Anniversay Show

Larson's Landing  Effingham, IL  2019

Folk Alliance International 2018

Private Showcases

(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

(Effingham, IL)

Summer Sundown Music Festival 2018, 2019

(Effingham, IL)

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

Cedarhurst center for the arts   mt. vernon, Il

Village Wine & Gifts  (Effingham, IL)


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)

and more.

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 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.

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

 (Flora, IL)

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)

TSLP is recommended if you like ARTISTS

Lucinda Williams

Gillian Welch

Bonnie Raitt

The Band

Joe Cocker

Van Morrison

Alabama Shakes

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Grace Potter

The Highwomen

Rachael Price

Samantha Fish