Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. -Plato
From the time of birth, humans have an ingrained appreciation for music, unlike any other animal. Music means something different to every individual. It works as a means of learning, relaxation, and fun. An active participation in listening to and performing music is beneficial to everyone throughout the different cultures of the world. Music has been known to save individuals lives in the process as being one of the most influential factors life can offer. Although a lot of artist have been able to captivate the ears of millions, there’s another artist on the horizon making her move each and everyday and her name is Whitney Tai.
Whitney knew from the moment she was old enough to speak that she would be in love with music. From singing and writing her own musicals at the age of 10 in her backyard, spending evenings singing 70’s rock songs to her dads guitar, to finding the spotlight in church choir and school plays. Now she’s looking to captivate the millions around the world. We know a few of goals like many artists is to share their visions and talent, but one major goal of her she’s shared with us is to play Madison Square Garden; the mecca of entertainment.
We caught up with the talented dame of soul for a little to find out what she’s really about.
Q: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
Whitney Tai Vlasaty, “Whitney Tai”
Q: Where are you from? How did you get your name?
The Big City of New York!! When I was a little girl I would always ask my parents why they named me Whitney and their repeated response was, “after Whitney Houston because we knew you were gonna be a singer! (They loved to tease me). My middle name is Tai and everyone loved it growing up. My parents and their friends would always stately address me as Whitney Tai. It made me feel like a rock star as a child and I began to love it.
Q: How would you describe your music for the public audience?
I would best describe it as Singer/Songwriter Alternative due to its mixed genres but it has been categorized as Blue-eyed Soul with splashes of Electronica, R&B and Pop. My music style has a little something for everyone since I am influenced by so many beautiful pieces of music across the board.
Q: Thinking back to early childhood, what was your first experience with music like? What song do you remember most as a child?
I remember when I was 6 years old my cousins and I used to dance and sing like animals to Michael Jacksons Dangerous album. Every song made you feel like you were part of his cool and groundbreaking style. In retrospect, I know I loved that album because it was unique and artistic mix of genres with a personal badass flair. MJ, The King of Pop, is definitely a major influence in my musical development.
Q: As a child growing up, music surrounds us: what type of music did you hear the most back then? How does it differ from what you listen to now?
Growing up, I listened to a lot of Jazz, Rhythm& Blues and English Rock. Some of my favorite bands/singers as a child were: The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, The Police, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Anita Baker, Pink Floyd, Air Supply and Bryan Adams. I loved and continue to listen to every genre. As a singer/songwriter, I connect to all of them on different levels for different reasons. Q: How does your family support your music career?
Since I was old enough to do shower singing on my own, my parents knew I could sing. I think they told me that when they first heard me belting out notes, they had to do a double take from shock. They weren’t expecting that I was packing some soulful pipes behind my somewhat demure exterior. They began pushing me to sing wherever I went. Most friends of mine will remember my home voicemail machine greeting was me singing Spiderwebs by No Doubt, “Sorry I’m not home right now, walking on a spider web, leave a message and I’ll call you back.”