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 and grown tight in the span of two years. In 2019, fans and festival promoters alike all claimed that they have improved immensely in just the past year. This is due to spending countless hours together preparing their 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. 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. Their chemistry is untouched and you can feel it radiating from the stage through Taylor's phrasing, improvisation, and how each band member plays off of each other.
They 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. 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 bluegrass and old time country music. 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 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. Jim Stewart is the lead guitar player and holds down the high harmonies. Garrett Burris plays bass and sings harmonies as well. Kyle Heynen plays drums. Taylor sings lead and also contributes rhythm and intricate finger-style guitar.
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
"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'
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)
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.
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 (Effingham, IL)
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
Cedarhurst center for the arts mt. vernon, 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)