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My name is Taylor Ray Holbrook.
Ever wonder what it would be like to go viral on the internet & then be able to make a living from your talent?
Well... that happened to me! lol
24 years ago I was born into SouthWest Virginia, raised in a tiny town called "Dot"
"Dot" is currently unGooglable & I wish to keep it that way!
Through high-school & college, I worked for my Papaw's 3-man logging crew.
I ran "the yard", which consisted of de-limbing & cutting up all the trees brought from the mountains to fit the market, as well as running a huge knuckle-boom, (capable of lifting semi-trucks, as well as your troubles away) loading & unloading log- trucks.
I didn't wish to do this every day of my life ^ for this is hard work people. lol
BUT, I also didn't want to leave my hometown for work... & living an hour from real civilization, requires you to leave if you wanna work...
UNLESS you wanna work in the prisons nearby...
SO, I went to community college on an AIMS scholarship (for free) & graduated with an Associates Degree in Police Science & an Associates Degree in Corrections.
Shortly after graduating, I got the job at "Wallen's Ridge State Prison" 1 of the 2 Super-Maximum Prisons within the state.
21 years old, perfectly content with my 30 thousand dollar a year job, still living with momma... :P
After being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time within my 1 year of training as an officer... I was terminated from the prison for being in a
Basically this Sgt. tried to say I was asleep on the job..
But really, this Sgt. was under thorough investigation because she sucked at her job & in order to make herself look a little better under the eyes of The Warden, she needed to divert the attention somehow & get a "good job" pat on the back..
She achieved this pat on the back by having a trainee terminated...
*That'll Show'em, Make An Example* kind've psychology.
UPDATE: This same SGT was fired from the prison for being in a "non-alert position" lol Karma for the win!!!!! <3
My 2 degrees became worthless, for no prison would hire me with a termination on my record from a Super-Max Prison, so I went back to logging to keep a steady income...
Confused at 21 years old as to what I was going to do with my life...
I spent a lot of time keeping myself sane & entertained on my cell phone.
Sometimes my log crew would be 30 minutes into the holler, so I would have 30 minutes of time to kill if I could keep up with their work flow.
After a stressful day of work, I got into a hurry & cut my leg with my chainsaw...
30 minutes of a wait for the boys in the holler to doze back to me.
30 minutes drive to the nearest hospital.
100+ stitches later, I woke up & still had a leg AS WELL as a 6 week vacation! :P
This is when life took an interesting turn... lol
I posted a video of me singing a Luke Bryan song before going to bed & before I knew it, I had 30,000 people following me...
I quit my job & started diving into music full-time.
I knew there was something special to what I had going on when I had a record deal offered to me before I had even released any music! =D
I started learning to write... Learning the industry... Learning to perform... Etc.
When I finally figured out it was only gonna cost me $9.99 to release my music to all these people becoming my fan, I released my first song "Steal My Kiss"
Which hit #4 on The Country Charts within 24 hours of its release onto iTunes!!!!
Blew my mind too... lol
I made enough money to buy my dads truck, fix it, & then move to Nashville!
I have now released a few more songs... & am on the way to releasing lots more as an Independent Artist! =D
I literally work for the people who enjoy me as a person & an artist... Life has turned out much differently than I'd ever imagined & I am so grateful...
Thank you to my fans <3
Life Is Great!