Ben Taylor "Listening" to his audience
You'll have to forgive Ben Taylor if he seems a bit busy these days. He's spent the last year or so crisscrossing the country, promoting his latest album and using his mellow, smooth voice to win over fans one stop at a time.
"Listening" came out in late 2012, but Taylor himself hasn't stopped 'listening' to the reaction. He's heard it in places like the Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne back in December. The next night, the same reaction from the fans that packed Infinity Hall in Norfolk. And he'll hear it now, in 2014, thousands of miles away.
If you check out Taylor's calendar for the coming month, it includes stops at some popular spots in the Netherlands and Germany. Places like the De Roepaen and the Hedon Small Room, not to mention the Privatclub, Prinz Willy and Blue Shell. Those are just a handful of the venues Taylor is set to play, and he's still filling his set list with the tracks that deal with learning how to hear others.
"Listening" is actually a collection of songs Taylor wrote over half a decade or longer. But another new album, "Clouds in the Dirt," has already been recorded and will likely be released in the first half of this year. Taylor has called it "the album I've always wanted to make… it's really, really good songwriting and none of the songs are distracted by the production."
That description alone should leave fans in anticipation of the project, when 'listening' becomes new all over again.
Ben Taylor looks to carve his own path (Updated January 2, 2013)
Ben Taylor doesn't just have a famous last name, he has the famous last name. The son of legendary musician James Taylor and songstress Carly Simon, there was little question as to Ben's career path, nor to his chosen genre of music.
As much as Ben has worked to distance himself from his legendary father, including stints in acting and an extensive background in martial arts, his true calling always seemed to be music. It's what happens, it seems, when your father is the owner of 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, along with five Grammy awards. Yet he hardly seemed destined for stardom when his first album, recorded for Sony back in 1999, was never even released. The second, "Famous among the Barns," was also released as a completely independent project.
Ben finally got a foothold in the business with the 2005 album "Another Run Around the Sun," which was heavily acoustic and featured backing vocals by his sister and mother. He would release an EP in 2006 called "Deeper Than Gravity," and an LP in 2008 ("The Legend of Kung Folk"), then spend the next four years recording what would become 2012's "Listening." The album was woven with acoustic and electric guitar over organ and keyboard, and with light percussion Taylor's vocals were finally able to come through.
A true road warrior, Ben already has dates penciled in on his calendar for 2013. He'll hit the east coast in February, starting with a performance at the Songs of Love Foundation in New York City on the 21st and ending with a performance at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on February 27th.
Ben Taylor Rewards Fans Who've Been 'Listening' With New Album, Tour
The son of folk demi-gods James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor proved he was more than just the sum of his parents' genetic parts with 2003's debut, Famous Among the Barns. Now, the singer/songwriter is gearing up for the release of his first studio album in four years, making it a treat for fans…Read more
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