This Male Mannequin Longs to Be Your 'Cover Boy'
Model-Turned-Pop Star Stewart Taylor is reminiscent of early Robin Thicke
Stewart Taylor is signed to MMG Models in Los Angeles and spends long days at casting calls and on photo shoots. At night, though, his inner rocker comes out.
He is out this week with his brand new track, titled, appropriately enough, "Cover Boy." Produced by DWhit, and co-written by Taylor with his longtime collaborator Benjamin Samama, the song draws inspiration from bold guys like Harry Styles who take chances with their style and aren't afraid to be both masculine and feminine, glamorous and rough around the edges. "James Dean, Marlon Brando and Timothée Chalamet are by far my favorite cover boys," says the openly gay artist. "I've always had a soft spot for the old school, brooding, classic Hollywood types."
Taylor was inspired to write ‘Cover Boy’ after landing his first magazine cover. “I had just started dating someone new and the idea came to me when I felt like he wasn’t making enough of an effort to take things to the next level," he continues from his Los Angeles home. "I wanted to be his cover boy. I wanted to be front and center; the starring role in his life. The relationship didn't end up working out but it was a great premise for a song!"
"Cover Boy" expands both sonically and vocally from Stewart Taylor’s previous release, "Mess Your Hair Up." "I've evolved a lot as an artist over the years. I’ve tried on different sounds and outfits, stripped those things away, started over, and have rebuilt and rebranded myself into what I feel is the most authentic me in the moment. I've come into my own with my music, dance, and fashion and everything I do now is a lot more influenced by funk and R&B while still staying very pop."
The music video reflects his evolution as an artist. Directed by Brad Hammer and styled by Kiki Xtravaganza and Kályd Odeh, the video is vintage, stylish, flirty and joyful. Taylor turns out many different looks from Guess, Versace, and Chanel; surrounding himself with old vintage magazines, Polaroids, and a stereo from 1982. He even dons a triangle jacket that pays homage to Madonna and the movie Desperately Seeking Susan.
"I love bringing little moments from the past and carrying them into the future like that in videos. Hopefully some of the hardcore Madonna fans will get the reference!"
Stewart Taylor is an LA-based singer, songwriter, dancer . He grew up in a small town outside of New York City, where he began writing songs and performing in local talent shows and Lower East Side clubs. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, he's collaborated with Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers Charlie Puth, (Wiz Khalifa) Kara DioGuardi, (P!nk, Katy Perry) Jayson DeZuzio, (Imagine Dragons) and David Pramik (Selena Gomez).
In addition to writing for himself, Stewart Taylor has penned songs for Romanian pop star Antonia and American Idol's David Hernandez. He is an active voice in the LGBTQ+ community and his coming out story was featured in the New York Times bestselling book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating A Life Worth Living.
"I struggled through this last year of pandemic," he reveals, "but I'm coming out of it wiser and more driven to succeed than ever before. I’m not waiting in the wing for the industry to shine its stage light on me. Nor am I going to wait on the side while some guy decides whether or not he wants a real relationship. My time is valuable and I’m not wasting another second."