With the song “Violent” recently going viral on TikTok and continuing to grow across streaming platforms and commercial radio, carolesdaughter is more than making good on the goals set for herself after getting out of rehab. A native of Southern California, carolesdaughter (born Thea Taylor) had issues with drug addiction that led to multiple stints in rehab throughout her youth. She stated, “It’s in my genes. I’ve experienced some pretty traumatic events that steered me towards drugs. I always felt like I didn’t fit in. I found a bunch of people who felt the same way. The last time I went to rehab, I was there for six months, and I had a guitar. I wrote prolifically all the time. It clicked, ‘This is what I was meant to do’. I told myself I would record and release music when I got home.” carolesdaughter would go on to upload a series of songs online, including “Violent” mid-2020, which would eventually be used in over 20 million videos on TikTok and millions of streams via other platforms. Of the song, carolesdaughter explained, “I was in a toxic relationship when I wrote it. I was just fed up, and I released it. It was a real moment. I guess people recognize it.” The youngest of ten kids born to educator parents, the 18-year-old Southern California singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist grew up surrounded by music in a strict Mormon household. With issues early on in life, she shuffled in and out of middle school and attend five different high schools before dropping out. Now, after amassing millions of streams independently with those early releases, carolesdaughter is now signed with Arista Records and working on her forthcoming 2021 debut. “I’ve gone through a lot, and my music is a way to be able to put it into words, talk about it, and desperately attempt to connect,” she exclaims. “It’s literally my way of coping. Every song is a little puzzle piece of the complete me.”
carolesdaughter spoke with B-Sides host, Pete Mar, about the viral success of “violent”, the relationship with her mother, plans for new music and more.