Tayla"s debut album Songbird charted in the top 10 on both the Independent Music New Zealand Album charts (IMNZ), and the New Zealand Music Charts, making her the youngest artist to appear on the New Zealand music charts. Covering both classical and easy listening genres, Tayla has performed songs in English, Italian and Maori. Tayla has performed for dignitaries around New Zealand, including Dame Malvina Major, Prime Minister John Key and Sir Peter Leitch.
Her parents, Dwayne and Kate Alexander, have another daughter, born in 1993.
Tayla began singing at the age of four. She has been a regular competitor in Auckland-based singing contests The North Shore Performing Arts Competition and Opera Idol.
She currently takes singing lessons in Auckland. Tayla also plays the piano.
She currently attends school on Auckland"s North Shore.
At the age of 11, an impromptu performance of Pie Jesu in a local record store put her in touch with Roger Marbeck. Marbeck, owner of record label Ode Records, then later recorded Alexander"s debut album Songbird at Boatshed recording studios in Auckland. Songbird was produced by Bruce Lynch, who has worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens.
Songbird was released in the New Zealand market in November 2012.
In November 2012, around the time of the album"s release, Tayla performed two songs from the album, "Hine e Hine" and "A Child Is Born", on Television New Zealand"s Good Morning breakfast program Tayla was selected to sing at the 19th annual Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2012.
She sang "Pie Jesu" to a crowd of more than 200,000. Highlights were broadcast on television 3.
In February 2013, for the second year in a row, Tayla sang at the 2013 New Zealander of the Year Awards.
In April 2013, Tayla was given the opportunity to perform in front of Dame Malvina Major at a masterclass workshop in Hamilton. Tayla has since received regular one-on-one tutelage. The same month, Television New Zealand"s after-school programme The Erin Simpson Show invited Tayla to perform.
She was interviewed for the segment, and sang You Raise Maine Up.
As part of a New Zealand Music Month series, Television New Zealand"s current affairs program Seven Sharp filmed a feature story on Tayla which aired nationally in May 2013. In September 2013, Tayla was approached by Disney Channel Australia New Zealand to film a feature for the network"s This Is Who I Am segment.
Filming took place at Tayla"s family home and at Takapuna"s Bruce Mason Centre. To promote the release of her two new singles, Television New Zealand"s Good Morning invited Tayla to perform Maori love song "Pokerekere Ana" on the show in November 2013.
She has a steady fan base, sales increasing daily and she is still only 12 years old. talk about a rising star!"
Dame Malvina Major has said Tayla is a promising talent who, with her strong determination, could have a strong career in opera. Sticky television (2012)
Good Morning (2012)
The Erin Simpson Show (2013)
Seven Sharp (2013)
Disney Channel Australia (2013)
Good Morning (2013).