GRAMMY-nominated Contemporary Christian music band Royal Tailor recently visited The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The quartet discussed working as full-time musicians, receiving their first GRAMMY nomination and their advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.
"I think a mistake that a lot of young artists make is publishing themselves too quickly," said Royal Tailor lead vocalist Tauren Wells. "But I think there needs to be that cultivation period where you really hone in on your craft and skills so that when you bring it to a national platform it's recognized."
Formed at Indiana Bible College, Royal Tailor comprise DJ Cox (guitar), Blake Hubbard (bass), Jarrod Ingram (drums), and Wells. With a sound combining elements of gospel, R&B, pop, and rock, the group released a self-titled EP in 2009. The EP included "Black & White," which would eventually become the title track for their 2011 debut album. Black & White peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. Produced by Chuck Butler, Daniel Kinner and Aaron Lindsey, Black & White features 11 tracks written or co-written by Wells, including the title track, "Hold Me Together" and "Make A Move." Royal Tailor are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through August.