Alexis Taylor's Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

-Salted French Butter

-1/4 cup white sugar 

-5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

-1 egg, beaten

-1/2 cup butter, softened

-1 egg beaten

-3 tablespoons heavy cream

-1 3/4 cups graham cracker

-2 tablespoons custard powder

-5 (1 ounce) squares semisweet baking chocolate

-1 cup flaked coconut

-2 teaspoons butters

-1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (optional)

Prep Time:30 minutes

Ready In: 30 minutes

Directions:

  • In the top of a double boiler, combine 1/2 cup butter, white sugar and cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg, stirring until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds (if you like). Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8×8 inch pan. 
  • For the middle layer, cream together 1/2 cup butter, heavy cream and custard powder until light and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill to set. 
  • While the second layer is chilling, melt the semisweet chocolate and 2 teaspoons butter together in the microwave or over low heat. Spread over the chilled bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares.

Recipe from: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25095/nanaimo-bars-iii/

Alexis Taylor~ Q&A

  1. Hi Alexis, can you tell me a little bitt about yourself before you became a country musician? I was born in the small town of Huntsville, Ontario to two very musical parents. Growing up, I always remember the house being filled with music. My dad played guitar and sang, and my mom played piano and sang. It was only a matter of time before I started attempting to play guitar and piano myself. But of course I was too stubborn to sit and let them teach me, so a lot of what I know is self taught. Even before I had officially decided that music was what I wanted to pursue, it was such a huge part of my life! 
  2. What was the first country concert or show you ever attended? The first country concert I ever attended was a festival called Boots and Hearts. It’s a huge country music festival in Ontario and it was nothing short of amazing. I think I was 18 or 19 when I went. Some friends and I decided we would bring tents and camp out for 4 days while the festival went on. I still remember how much it rained the entire weekend, and completely flooded our campsite including my tent! But I got to see Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, and many more – so it was totally worth it!
  3. What made you decide to do a remix to hit song “Just One Look?” I had been thinking about doing a remix for one of my songs for a while now, and when I released “Just One Look”, I knew it was the right song to use. In my opinion, “Just One Look” is the most pop-sounding song I have released as an artist. So putting an electronic dance beat behind it was a no brainer. After trying to remix the song myself (and not getting very far), I decided to try to find someone who could capture exactly what I wanted – WARINER went beyond that!  WARINER has remixed songs for some amazing artists too, such as Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Cale Dodds. He is super talented and I look forward to working with him again in the future! 
  4. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2020? Yes!! I have actually been busy in the studio working on some new music. I don’t have an exact date yet, but I will definitely be releasing some new music in the spring if all goes as planned! I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! 
  5. When working on new music what is your recording process like? My recording process is somewhat the same every time I have been in the studio. The hardest part is going through my catalogue of songs and picking the right song to release next. After that, it’s all about getting the right sound to match the lyrics. First, we record the drums, then the rest of the main instruments get filled in around that. After that, I record a rough vocal track. Then we layer more instruments around my vocals, then recut the final vocals and add background vocals. Luckily I have been able to work with some of Nashville’s best and my songs have turned out so much better than I could have ever expected. It definitely makes the process fun and exciting! 
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at? I love playing events where my family is in the crowd. My parents have always been my biggest supporters, and having them come to my shows is always a chance to show them my gratitude for always believing in me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support.
  7. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? If I could describe my music in 3 words it would be honest, catchy, and emotional.  
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? One of my favorite quotes will always be “Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart” from The Eli Young Band song “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” written by Eric Paslay and Will Hoge.  Ever since I heard that song, I feel like it relates to my journey as a musician perfectly. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I highly recommend it! 
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Yes! I would love for everyone to go check out my very first music video for “Just One Look” that is on my youtube channel, and make sure you subscribe!! 

Alexis Taylor~ "Artist Spotlight"!!!

Singer/songwriter Alexis Taylor is from Canada, she was raised in the tiny town of Huntsville, Ontario. As a child, she showed a love and passion for music by writing her songs and acoustic guitar playing. Both Taylor’s parents are songwriters and are very musical. Music has always been a part of her.

After making her first visit to Nashville, Tennessee, Taylor decided to make Nashville and Music City her new home. A little after, Taylor saw the launch of her international career in summer 2016 with a tour in Scandinavia and becoming an opening act for renowned singer/songwriter Doug Seegers. This opportunity helped Taylor to grow as a performer and she is so honored that  Seegers took her under his wing.

At the start of 2018, Taylor put out her debut single “Blame The Whiskey,” which allowed her to be seen live at many radio stations throughout North America, and take part in different events such as Canadian Music Week in Toronto and CMA Fest in Nashville. The release of her first song also lead Taylor taking home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year at 2019 Tennessee Music Awards, playing at the USO Northwest Gala, and taking the #1 spot for 10 consecutive weeks on Reverb Nation’s highly ranked country artists charts.

After releasing her second single, “How Do You Sleep,”which received international airplay, Taylor then put out her third single “Bend The Truth,” and it was produced by David Browning in Nashville, Tennessee. She was also nominated as “Female Rising Star of the Year,” at the 2019 Josie Music Awards, multiple nominations at the KICMA awards, and an opening act for The Marshall Tucker Band during the summer of 2019.

On January 10, 2020, Taylor put a remix of her hit song “Just One Look,” and you can listen to this great remix on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to out more about Alexis Taylor then check out her website at (https://www.alexistaylormusic.com). 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissTaylorMusic

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2eD35736i_LH_hmLG6niPg