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UPSAHL: Tiny Desert Concert


Phoenix can boast a handful of artists who have exploded on the national scene. Amid the Roger Cylnes and Calexicos is a budding pop star.

Taylor Upsahl is no stranger to the Phoenix music scene. She was born into a musical family, played on stages across the Valley from a young age, and now she’s been signed to the record label Arista.

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter now lives and works in Los Angeles, but she recently returned to the Phoenix metro area to open for Young the Giant at Comerica Theater in downtown Phoenix.

The Show caught up with her at Crescent Ballroom where, just before the lunch rush, she played an intimate Tiny Desert Concert. She talked about her new music and her success in the music industry, but she began by explaining how her sound has evolved into the pop anthems she plays today.

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Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.