Paula Jo is also a songwriter especially blessed with the gift of writing songs. Enough to have had several of her songs cut by major label artists to include Clinton Gregory and comedy artist Cledus T. Judd. She has had her songs played by comedy DJ’s Bob and Tom among others. She played lead guitar for Cledus T. Judd and for Roni Stoneman of the famed TV show Hee Haw. She has also played lead guitar behind Jeannie C. Riley, Tanya Tucker, Blake Shelton, Georgette Jones (daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette) among others, and performed with Cledus T. Judd on a TV pilot show for Comedy Central as well as the CMA fest in Nashville. Born into a musical family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, both Taylors began performing at a very early age.
I skipped my prom to do a gig, but I wouldn’t do it any other way because it has all prepared me and lead me to living out my dream.” After high school, Amanda and her mother made the move to Nashville. She attended the prestigious Belmont University for Music Business and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. While attending Belmont, she was able to participate in internships in the business including one at Sony Music Nashville as well as Smokin’ Grapes Music Publishing. Throughout her college career she worked hard to play gigs, write songs and “pay her dues,” in the Nashville bars and famous Broadway honkytonks. She has even gotten to play in the one and only Las Vegas Nevada and has opened for artists including Gretchen Wilson, Bryan White, David Ball and others. Only time will tell what triumphs and successes Amanda’s career has yet to take, but she’s enjoying the ride. Through hard work, determination, and writing and singing every chance she gets, Amanda hopes for the best. “I don’t consider myself a failure if I never get on the CMA’s or become a huge star,” says Amanda, “If I can make enough money in music to get by and do what I love, then I will be happy.”
Paula Jo has years of experience opening for and working with many artists including Taylor Swift, Tanya Tucker, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Lone Star, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley and many more. As a duo they have worked many major venues around the country including Las Vegas where they were the featured dance band following Gretchen Wilson. Along with a variety of old and new country, classic rock and original songs, the Taylors also perform their comedy songs live. Paula Jo has written several comedy songs released on both Sony and Koch record labels. The Taylors are known to leave their audiences wanting more and they are sure to be a hit with you. Songs featured on major-label comedy artist Cledus T. Judd’s last four albums are: (Willie's Got A Big Deck/Cledus Envy Album) (One Jack Off/Bi-polar and Proud Album) that song happens to be about a card game so get your mind out of the gutter and (Cooter/Polyrically Uncorrect album). She has also written several parody hits such as (I Want a New Car and This is My Crowd/Six Pack of Judd Album) among others.
From the age of seven Paula Jo began performing on her dad, Joe Taylor’s live radio show as well as large concert parks opening for everybody including Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr. and many others. During junior high school Paula Jo branched off playing lead guitar and fronting her own band working with such artists as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and Alabama. Later she co-hosted a television variety show with her dad, Joe Taylor, that was broadcast weekly. She continued to play around the Indiana, Ohio and Michigan area for many years while traveling back and forth to Nashville. It was during this time that she began taking a bigger interest in songwriting. She wrote many heart felt ballads and up tempo dance songs but it was her comedy songs that earned her the attention of the Nashville music industry. Paula Jo began writing double-entendre comedy songs to perform live in the local night clubs and those songs went over very well with audiences. She decided to pitch one of them to Cledus T. Judd in Nashville. Cledus was so taken by the song that he called her personally just to see what kind of Midwestern house-wife could write a song called, Willie's Got A Big Deck. It was from that moment on that her songwriting career took on a whole new level and she knew that she must someday move to Nashville.
Daughter Amanda plays the more serious side of this duo. A graduate of the prestigious Belmont University in Nashville, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business Administration. After watching her family on stage for many years, when Amanda was a mere 13 years old, she decided it was time to join in and continue the family legacy. She began to make guest appearances with her mom’s band and by high school was their lead singer. “I was always playing in bars on the weekends throughout high school and had to be escorted to the bathroom,” says Amanda with a laugh, “it wasn’t exactly the typical high school experience,
Mom, Paula Jo is an incredible lead guitar player branded as "The Viral Granny Guitarist" having a viral video currently with over 6 million views. She has been featured on numerous social media sites and radio stations such as Nikki Sixx of Motley Crew on his IHeart radio station, Sixx Sense as well as many other IHeart radio stations nationwide. She is featured in Guitar World Magazine as their pick for one of the top 10 female guitarists, also Guitar Player magazine, Society of Rock, She Rocks Films, NAMM and much more. She is a featured artist in the Mel Bay Artist Interviews, viewed worldwide.
This mother-daughter duo along with their band, The Mama Tried Band will astound you. Daughter Amanda has one of the most beautiful voices you’ll ever hear while her mother, Paula Jo not only adds those close family harmonies but also plays incredible lead guitar. The Taylors are featured artists on the Vietti Vinyl Series sponsored by Vietti/Southgate Foods. Their picture and bio can be found on the back of Vietti BBQ Pork cans sold in grocery stores throughout the United States. They share this honor with artists such as Chris Young, Bo Bice, Restless Heart, Riders in the Sky and others. Not only will the Taylors mesmerize you with their music but their comedy will keep you in stitches. They can be seen in the movie Changing Seasons aired on the Hallmark Channel.
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