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Tauren is the former frontman for Royal Tailor, a Provident Label Group/Sony Music act whose two albums over a five-year career garnered two Grammy nominations and another for New Artist of the Year from the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.
The group formed in college, but eventually, life pointed in other directions. The guys began to marry and start families. In 2015, the group parted ways to pursue individual interests.In many ways, pursuing a solo career felt like a complete reboot. In fact, May 2016 saw the release of Tauren’s first music in three years. The hard-hitting “Undefeated” featured Reach Records’ rapper KB and served as the soundtrack for the internet-famous Dude Perfect’s “World Records Edition” episode on YouTube, which has garnered over 23 million views since its release.
It’s a taste of the unconventional approach he and his team are planning. “I want to be a pioneer for Christian music, but I’m not trying to be famous or be cool for the sake of being cool,” he explains. “I want to say something that impacts people.”
Back home, Tauren and his wife, Lorna, have been quietly busy building a life around ministry and music. In addition to serving on staff at her father’s church in Houston (Royalwood), the two have launched a private music academy called Prisma Worship Arts School, which has expanded to two locations with 20 “Dream Coaches” and 100 students – in just two years.
Throw a toddler, Kanaan, and newborn, Lawson, into the mix and their family surely has their hands full, but Tauren feels compelled to do more. His wife champions the idea: “We said this from the beginning: This is a family calling.”
His message? “I feel called to call greatness out of people,” he says. “If people have spoken a low expectation of someone’s life, I want to be the voice that raises the ceiling, makes them feel like they can do something great.”
The excitement and positivity are palpable not only in his talk but his music as well. Tauren’s energetic style plays on pop sensibilities with a heavy dose of urban appeal, likened to Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic.
In short, be prepared to dance. “We’re going to get down a little bit,” he says. “At the same time, I feel provoked to do something. I want it to be multi-dimensional. I want them to leave inspired, but also asking questions: What do I do next? What does what I’m feeling mean, and what do I do with it? I feel like at that point, we can give them a vision: Here are ways you can express your gifts. I feel like the music is the runway to taking people somewhere.”
To do that, Tauren knows he’ll have to “plot a new course.” That goes down to the details of his record deal with Provident as well. “They’re doing new things with me that they haven’t done before. They’re using me and a couple other artists that are outside of the norm to try some new strategies, which is exciting for me.”
While he’s perfectly positioned for success as he hits the road with KB and Blanca at the end of this summer, then with Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey this fall, he’s taken steps to make sure his connection to family and church doesn’t change with the territory. “I know that when I am done being an artist in this capacity, I will either be on staff at the church or start a church,” he says. “That’s the ultimate thing that I’m going to do. I value it now.”
It gives him hope as well in the tough moments he has to leave his family to travel. “Kanaan’s starting to get old enough to understand that I’m leaving,” he says. “I tell him, ‘You know why I’m leaving? To tell people about Jesus. That’s what we do.’ I am an extension of them.”
As an extension, or said another way, a voice, Tauren’s calling others into greatness.
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'Ain't No Mountain High Enough / Like You Love Me' Tauren Wells Live - Christian Music Videos
Listen to this amazing performance by Tauren Wells singing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘Like You Love Me.’ At the beginning of the performance, Tauren sings the popular song ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. He even stops singing during parts of the song to get the audience engaged by having them sing out the well-known lyrics. “Ain't no mountain high, ain't no valley low, ain't no river wide enough, baby If you need me, call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far, don't worry, baby” Then, Tauren walks back to the keyboard on stage and starts to play his next song, ‘Like You Love Me.’ “Always something trying to steal my mood, my crazy thoughts trying to kill my groove That's when I hear a voice, whisper through the noise, that brings a bigger picture into view Whenever the clouds come into my mind, I won't forget it's You who tells the sun to shine Every worry, every night, every second thought about tomorrow's wasted time” Such an upbeat and fun song! And it is full of encouragement and positivity. Not to mention it is a song that makes you want to get up and dance as well as sing over and over again! ‘Like You Love Me’ reminds us how the Creator of the universe takes care of everything. From the needs of the sparrows, to the lilies in the fields, to the stars in the sky, our God cares for it all. And how much more does he care for and love you and me! Towards the end of the ‘Like You Love Me’ performance, some of the instruments cut out and you can mainly just hear the audience singing along and clapping to the beat. What great energy this song has and the feeling that it evokes! We hope you enjoyed listening to this performance by Tauren Wells, and we hope that his song reminded you of God’s great love for us all!
Tauren Wells Albums
Hills and Valleys - SingleJanuary 2017
Undefeated - EPSeptember 2016
Love Is Action - SingleAugust 2016