A Message of Hope — Alexis Taylor’s “Getaway”

Donna Block
6 min readFeb 11, 2021


Country singer and songwriter Alexis Taylor was raised in the small town of Huntsville, Ontario. From a young age she showed a great love and passion for music through her songwriting and acoustic guitar playing.

You realized at a Mayday Parade concert that music would be your career path. Can you describe how their 2009 show was a turning point for you?

I was in Toronto visiting one of my best friends at the time, and we had got tickets to see Mayday Parade along with a bunch of other bands that night. I just remember standing a few rows from the front of the stage feeling so overwhelmed with emotion and trying to take it all in. Mayday Parade was on stage singing ‘Miserable at Best’ (one of their more popular songs), and you could hear the entire crowd just belting out every single word. The song itself is a sad song, and very melancholy. But in that moment, I felt a surge of hope and happiness. I couldn’t help but thinking to myself: ‘THIS is what I want to do. I want to make people feel things, and I want to give them hope that even though they are going through a tough time, they are going to be okay. I want them to forget about their bad day and just focus on the music.’ Ever since then, I felt like my hobby turned into determination, and truly fueled my desire to continue doing all things music.

What was the best advice your songwriting parents shared as you embarked on your career?

Over the years, my parents have shared lots of advice with me about my music career, especially since both of them have been part of the music industry long before I was born. But I think the best advice they have ever given me is to not give up, and to keep on chasing my dreams. They have always been my biggest support system, and have always believed in me — even when at times I have not believed in myself. The fact that they stand behind me in my music