Founder and President Robyn Taylor-Drake’s is originally from Alberta, Canada & her first musical interests, piano and voice, soon expanded to guitar and songwriting. She studied classical piano, theory, harmony and voice and by age 18 she’d met the Canadian requirements for teaching certificates with both the Western Board of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music.
After high school she moved to the U.S. to attend university. She married and moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she became fascinated with an almost extinct instrument, the Appalachian Dulcimer. Her (former) father-in-law, bluegrass musician, Tut Taylor was also intrigued by the elegant simplicity of this almost extinct instrument and encouraged Robyn to explore it. She generated interest by performing at bluegrass festivals, craft fairs, and various events with musical partner, Cami (Williams) Vaughan. Together they recorded ‘Tennessee Dulcimer Works & Friends’, with executive producer, Charles DeBray. “Friends” included Pat Flynn, Bela Fleck, Buddy Spicher, Mark Howard, Mark Shatz, Mac Gayden, Kathy Chiavola, and the late John Hartford and Roy Husky, Jr.
When the marriage ended, she put music on hold in order to raise her four children and explore other interests and opportunities. She operated a successful interior design company, studied holistic healing modalities, including Reiki, Homeopathy, Hypnosis and NLP. If you have a conversation with her, you’ll quickly appreciate that her time spent in these areas continues to influence her life and business. She was offered a position at a publishing company and suddenly found herself immersed in the strange world of music publishing and incidentally met her current husband Johnny Drake, son of legendary steel guitar player, Pete Drake, who was inducted into the Country Music
Hall of Fame in 2021.