Alexis Taylor travels a bumpy road in her confessional country ballad Long Way From Home — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Produced by award-winning artist John Willis, Long Way From Home is a classic country cut with an infectious melody, twangy guitar, and warm, enveloping harmonies. Although sharing a story of dejection and loneliness, the Ontario-born, Nashville-based artist’s voice soars above the feelings, while the lyrics, poetic and evocative, paint a vivid picture of a young woman alone on a hard path.
The song reveals the vulnerable side of pursuing stardom; when Taylor started writing Long Way From Home, she hadn’t finished writing a song in months and was having a day where she felt like giving up on her music career. “I felt so defeated,” she says. “I felt like it was time to pack my bags, go home, find a regular 9-5 job, and quit chasing these crazy dreams of mine. I wanted to really capture everything I was feeling in the lyrics and melody of the song,” she continues. “So I sat in my living room and just started writing, and poured my heart out onto paper, and the song seemed to write itself.”
The song was recorded in Nashville, where Taylor has been living ever since she decided to leave her small home town to pursue her dreams. And those dreams have already materialized in a big way — her producer Willis has worked with Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson and other greats. “At the end of the day, I know music is what I was born to do, and even though I go through days of uncertainty, I was able to create this song as a reminder of how far I have come and to not lose faith,” Taylor shares.
Since first stepping onto the scene in 2016, Taylor has racked up over 350,000 streams across all platforms, played Canadian Music Week, CMA Fest in Nashville, and opened for the likes of Marshall Tucker Band, Love and Theft, Meghan Patrick, Doug Seegers and more. She won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 Tennessee Music Awards and was nominated for Modern Country Vocalist of the Year at the 2020 Josie Music Awards.