A musician with Caymanian heritage is in the spotlight after performing with her band on an American television show last week.
Sarah McTaggart, who graced many an open mic stage at local venues when she resided in Grand Cayman, performed with her Los Angeles-based electro-pop band Transviolet on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” on Jan. 7.
Ms. McTaggart, a singer and lyricist for her band, is the daughter of local businessman and musician Steve McTaggart and niece of local musician Mark McTaggart.
In addition to playing local open mics, Ms. McTaggart performed at the 2010 Cayman Culture Jam, the Hope for Haiti Concert, and for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’s 2009 telethon.
She dreamed of making it big in the music industry as she performed at various venues in the Cayman Islands, and it appears Ms. McTaggart is well on her way to stardom as her band garners rave reviews from fans, critics, and fellow musicians.
On July 16, Transviolet released its first song, “Girls Your Age.” The same day, American pop star Katy Perry tweeted praise for the band to her 72.5 million followers, catapulting the song to a No. 1 spot on the charts of influential music blog Hype Machine. A week later, One Direction member Harry Styles tweeted the lyrics of “Girls Your Age” to his 25.6 million followers.
Given such high praise for the song, it’s no surprise that the band chose to perform the hit during their first big television performance. The tune has been streamed more than two million times on Spotify, and other songs by the band are gaining attention, too – “Bloodstream” has been played more than a million times on Spotify, and “New Bohemia” and “Night Vision” have been played more than 500,000 times.
The four-piece band’s sound has been compared to other synth-pop musicians, such as Lorde, Lana del Rey and Halsey.
Transviolet is signed to Epic Records and has an EP available on iTunes.