Friday, March 15, 2013
By ABBY SLANKER
Spencer Saylor, a 2012 Canfield High School graduate, knew from a young age music would be his life and now he is making his dream come true.
Saylor, son of Alison Loree and Robert Saylor, is attending Capital University Music Conservatory for Music Business and Voice.
“Since my late middle school years, I always knew music was what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life. I learned and began guitar around the age of 9 and decided to start writing my own lyrics when most of my musical influences became heroes to me and wrote their own music (John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Dave Matthews).
“I started writing but never really did anything with it but play it for myself and try to learn the trade. In my later high school years, I would take my work to local singer/songwriter Ryan Ross who would help me mature my writing and playing. When I got to Capital and saw the opportunity to make myself known and the resources were there, it was then that I decided to actually begin my singer/songwriter career,” Saylor said.
Saylor took advantage of what Capital had to offer and with the help of family and friends, quickly became a recognizable musician in the Columbus area.
“When I began my career, just three months ago in Columbus, I knew the opportunity was there to finally have my music heard that the Youngstown area could not offer for my style of music. In November, I got into the studio with a Music Technology student at Capital University, and got into one of the studios on Capital’s campus. We recorded my debut single, “Nothing to Fear,” and I released it once I got it back to distribute to friends and family.
“I utilized my resources and created a ReverbNation profile (a website which millions of artists across the globe use to create press kits and allow their music to be played by fans) which I then shared with all of my friends via Facebook and Twitter.
“Lucky for me, most enjoyed it and decided to share it with their friends as well and before I knew it, I had gone from No. 96 in Columbus to their No. 1 ranked singer/songwriter. This mass sharing from fans also led to a sound engineer of the nationally-recognized John Schwab Recording Studio hearing my music and having me come into their studio to record my songs “Church Bells” and “In Common,” Saylor said.
According to Saylor, he was given the tools he needed to be a successful performer by drama and music teachers in Canfield Schools.
“Not too many people knew much about my music in high school, so I did not ever really get music from teachers. However, I do owe big thank-yous to my music teachers and drama directors I had both in middle school and high school. They gave me tools that I need, not only in writing and playing my music, but also the keys to being a successful performer. From a teaching aspect, a lot of my thank-yous should go to Ryan Ross, who taught me guitar for about seven years and later taught and worked with me on my song-writing,” Saylor said.
Saylor said he is blessed in coming from Canfield, as the support he receives from the people of Canfield is phenomenal.
“Coming from Canfield was a blessing in itself. Not only did Canfield and its schools give me plenty of opportunities to get an incredible education and the chance to perform, but it is many of the citizens of Canfield who have been pushing my music to their friends and family and supporting me upon each step that I have taken over the last few months. Canfield will always be my roots and I will always be there to support and give back to the city that really allowed me to be where I am now,” Saylor said.
Playing larger shows and opening for larger artists has become a large part of the agenda as it helps Saylor gain more exposure outside of the Columbus area. Over the summer, he plans to begin spreading his music into the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas.
“Another thing that could play out well is the record deal offers on the table for my debut album release,” he explained. “Picking the right one will be crucial in where my career plays out from here.”
Saylor will be opening for Aaron Carter on March 20 at 7:25 p.m. at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus. Tickets are available for $20 through Ticketmaster.