Recent Garnet Valley High School graduate Luke Taylor missed singing in the choir and performing in musicals. When the Sea Shanty craze took off on TikTok, he jumped on board with his own performances.
Now he and his Basso profundo voice have 350,000 followers and 6 million views on just one video, writes Dayna Evans for phillymag.com.
Taylor found his deepest contrabass voice when he was 17.
“I freaked out my family,” says the Liberty University freshman. “I looked at old recordings of myself and realized how deep my voice had gotten.”
He joined TikTok as a joke, figuring he’d post a few videos of him singing country songs.
Then he saw Scottish singer Nathan Evans on TikTok performing the 19th-century whaling song, “Soon May the Wellerman Come”.
It needed some bass. “One of my favorite things to do is sing bass lines to songs,” he says. So he turned Evan’s performance into a duet.
His rendition “blew up” social media.
He’s posted a handful of shanty duets in the meantime and now he’s one of the more recognizable faces and voices of the Sea Shanty trend.
Read more about Luke Taylor and the sea shanty phenomena at phillymag.com.