Global National New Reporter Minna Rhee Said, “Oddane Taylor is a musician with a captivating story about living on the margins and overcoming obstacles”.

Oddane Taylor was born in Kingston Jamaica and migrated to Canada in 2002 where he lived with his dad for many years. Due to challenging circumstances he became homeless. He rose from homelessness while living at Youth Without Shelter to become a soulful and inspiring musician, performing artist, entrepreneur, youth worker and motivational speaker.

His music and life story have touched many lives, leaving an imprint on youths who have been stricken by his piercing, impactful lyrics. His voice speaks for many as he tells the story of a street youth who, against all odds, has proven that he won’t be just another statistic, making it clear for all who listen that ‘Its Now Possible’.

He aspires musically to touch souls, like musician’s Bob Marley and Tupac, through infectious melodies and meaningful rhymes. He incorporates a wide palette of styles – drawing from Reggae, R&B Soul, Pop, and Hip Hop/ Rap – and a broad range of influences – The Dream, Drake, J Cole and Ty Dolla Sign. His goal is to inspire and empower people, especially fellow Toronto youth, through stories of his experience and his powerful songs.

He learned his craft through listening to songs from most genres and rewriting his own version of them. He eventually started to write his own songs about life experience and of close friends and other people around him. He attempts to write at lease two songs a day because he believes “repetition is the father of learning”. He takes vocal lessons with Renowned vocal Coach Elaine Overholt and is fusing into pop, soul & R&B.




Permission for the song 'Hero' by Family of the Year was granted by peermusic and Nettwerk Music Group. Hero is also the theme song for the Oscar nominated film Boyhood. Any inquiries about this video please contact thisisdowntown (at) Oddane’s story has a good ending. But too many young people lose to the streets. Organizations like Sketch and Covenant House engage with them to reach their potential. This video was made for them.

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WATCH ABOVE: Oddane Taylor is a musician with a captivating story about living on on the margins and overcoming obstacles. Minna Rhee reports. TORONTO — A Toronto man has turned a young life of struggle into music with a message. Oddane Taylor said music helped him cope when he didn’t have a home, and no clear way out of poverty.

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