Maria Taylor is a singer-songwriter from Birmingham, AL, residing in Los Angeles, CA. She is also a member of the duo Azure Ray (Saddle Creek Records) with Orenda Fink. Taylor has previously played or collaborated with Bright Eyes, Moby, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and more. Appearances on In the Next Life include: Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Joshua Radin, Nik Freitas (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), Macey Taylor (Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis, AA Bondy), Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Louis Schefano (Remy Zero, Suspicious Light), Morgan Nagler (Whispertown), and Tiffany Osborn.