Framlingham sing songwriter Ralph Taylor releases first EP after being inspired by passion of Ed Sheeran
Ralph Taylor, 16, moved to Framlingham at the age of 10 and attended Brandeston Hall School, and recorded his five-track EP Immature Love earlier this year after being approached by Tommy Lingham, of band Three Kings High.
“It was awesome,” he said. “It was really nice to be asked to do that and meet someone who’s interested in my music and to take time out of his weekend to help me.”
Ralph said that his earliest music inspiration came from his dad, Framlingham College headmaster Paul Taylor, who listened to the likes of Supertramp and Eric Clapton, but was inspired to write his own music when he was 13 after seeing Ed Sheeran perform live.
“From my dad I got the enjoyment of music. He was always playing music at home. My passion for performing came when I saw Ed Sheeran live, I thought it was amazing. It made me realise that people could do music without having to be famous.
“I have taken a lot of inspiration from Ed, he was where it all first came from, but I try to take inspiration from everyone I listen to. Paulo Nuitini and Ben Howard are big influences.”
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Ralph has spent most of the summer performing at gigs in London, including at the Troubadour, Earls Court, at which the likes of Bob Dillon, Adele and Ed Sheeran have performed, as well as hosting two performances in Framlingham and Mellis.
On the launch of his EP, he said: “It’s exciting. I have been gigging for quite a while and it’s nice to be able to have something to show for myself.
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“The EP has a good collection of songs from over the past three years. They were what I felt were my best work. They were all quite personal songs but in quite a light-hearted way.”
Ralph is moving to London next month to pursue his music career.
For more information on Ralph Taylor, or to download Immature Love, visit http://www.ralphtaylormusic.com/