For 23-year-old Tayla Parx, her time is now. After penning bangers for Fifth Harmony, Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys, Parx is ready to launch her career as a solo artist. On Friday, she will release her debut project TaylaMade, with features from Syd, Khalid and Chiiild.
“TaylaMade came at a time when I was least inspired to write a story that wasn’t my own,” Parx tells Billboard. “I’m 23 and I’ve written for most of the people I look up to and found that I’ve helped them tell their stories, but I still had so much to say from my perspective in a completely unique way.”
The budding songwriter has the Midas touch when it comes to her pen game, having already secured three Grammy nominations so far in her career. So for Parx, the transition from songwriter to artist shouldn’t be a hard one at all. “I was always an artist — just happened to be able to write as well — so transitioning is really just a mentality. Now I approach the studio as fun versus work and let whatever comes to mind flow out.”
While Parx hopes to thrive on the music scene, she plans to continue tackling her acting career as well. So far, Parx has made appearances on a bevy of TV shows, including Gilmore Girls, Everybody Hates Chris, Carpoolers, Bones, Victorious and a recurring role on Nickelodeon‘s True Jackson, VP. She also graced the big screen in 2007 for her role in Hairspray as Little Inez.
“Acting was a world I fell into at a very young age. After Hairspray, my life spun into a whirlwind of sets and auditions to the point where I needed to take a break for a while to get back to my original love: music,” she says. “I met the middle ground when I started voice-over, because I was able to act in a studio and still work on music. Now that I’m a little older and focused, I think the balancing act is becoming a lot easier with my team.”
Take a listen to Parx’s album before it drops, below: