Taylor Raphel Taps Studio 37 for Shannon

Update: Due to personal reasons Nel Hoon is no longer associated with Taylor, and Raphel’s up and coming debut album titled Shannon has been postponed indefinitely.

Article & Photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN (June 19, 2018) – Taylor Raphel recently had a big decision to make about who would be best to help breathe life into her first-born musical creation. It’s always a little challenging to navigate the music industry, but being in a strange, new town and just a young pup herself did not make things any easier. Fortunately, Taylor’s close friend, Nel Hoon, pointed her to one of the best recording studios around, Studio 37. Nel had already been a long time customer and friend of the business, and had a feeling that Studio 37 was the best place for Raphel’s style and sound.

Taylor only had to make one quick visit to know that Studio 37 was definitely the place for her upcoming first full album creation, Shannon. Taylor’s first effort is named after her biggest inspiration, Shannon Hoon, so bringing the album to fruition with genuine love means more to her than anything. She wouldn’t let just anyone meddle with her musical creation. Taylor quickly learned, though, that not only are Studio 37 partners, Scott Ausherman and Noah Freeman, some of the best around, they are also big Shannon Hoon fans themselves. This made the decision a no brainer.

Taylor’s first trip into Studio 37 to begin recording was a rousing success. Raphel’s artistic style and almost no-nonsense work ethic matched magically with Freeman’s flair for the craft, and a few songs were even one take wonders. It seems Shannon is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from full album completion, and not a moment too soon. It’s well-known that Blind Melon had a plethora of devotees as word of their talents spread before the release of their first self-titled album, and it seems that Taylor is following in suit to her idols. Her fan base is already growing rapidly, and they are more than ready for the album release.

It seems that so far fate has worked in favor of Taylor Raphel, and it’s easy to see why. She embodies her inspiration with glee, and shrugs off gossip with grace. She keeps her eyes on the prize, her drive on her dream, and doesn’t let any of life’s melancholy problems drag her down. The magic Taylor has created so far with Studio 37 is only the beginning, and it won’t be long until the whole world will get to see her shine.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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