By: Staff –
Toronto-based singer-songwriter The Hope State (aka Taylor Johnson) has released his brand new song “Butterflies”, which you can stream exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
“I’ve had “Butterflies” in my pocket for quite some time,” says Johnson. “This song is about feeling stuck and unable to get better, paralleling it with that butterfly-feeling you get in your stomach when a new love begins. I teamed up with Leone McComas – one of my favourite artists – who took on the role of artistic director for “Butterflies.” It’s been such a beautiful thing to have someone building a vision with me for something that’s so close to my heart.”
Johnson spent his for formative years in the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada where he cut his teeth writing songs and performing in various indie rock bands.
At the age of 18 he relocated to Los Angeles where he studied music business and began ghost writing songs professionally for the leading songwriters and artists in pop, country, hip hop and rock which have topped charts in counties all over the world.
Although always thankful to be continuously working in the music industry, Taylor felt a large part of his artistic freedom and general happiness were being compromised working as a ghost writer. A longing for writing more personal, meaningful songs and performing those songs was ever present. With that, Taylor began writing and performing as The Hope State.
Now living in Toronto, Johnson has begun recording with JUNO Award-winner Crispin Day (July Talk) and is set to release his debut album “Skeletons”, an introspective and intensely honest look at regret, depression, addiction, love and loss, set for release in November 30th 2018.