Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor FAQs

Q. What style of music do you play?

A.  Folk / pop / singer-songwriter / background music.

 

Q. How many pieces do you typically play as & what instruments are they?

A.  3 hours with one 15 min break is most common. I have done 4 hours with 2 breaks many times and, rarely, I have done 5 hours with 3 breaks. My setup is solo, acoustic guitar and vocal (some live looping).

 

Q. Do you play in other configurations?

A.  Yes, I have 3 piece acoustic ensemble, that includes me on acoustic and vocal, light percussion, and upright bass

 

Q. Why did you become a professional musician?

A.  I fell in love with playing live music again when I stopped trying to “make it” for myself, and started trying to serve others. Every event is fresh, in which I must discover my place anew. To read and learn what the event needs. There is a thrill to reading the people in the room, finding the right music and mood, and “getting it right.” 

 

Q. Where are you located?

A.  Charlotte, NC

 

Q. Do you travel?

A.  I stay in the Charlotte Metro Area.

 

Q. Why should an event professional book you/your band?

A.  I’m good at what I do, and love what I do, and I feel it shows. Event planners will sense that I take a real interest in them and their vision! I’m easy to work with, fun, friendly and flexible, and most of all, I’m a professional. I answer emails and calls same day (whether I know the answer or not), I arrive on time, dress the part, and keep a spotless stage, and go the extra mile. I have a gorgeous sounding guitar, state of the art equipment, and mix sound for the needs of the event (not for my preferences). I try to create enough “invisibility” about myself so that what people remember most, is not me, but how much of good time they had! When people spin around and smile at me because I have connected with them musically, that’s awesome, but I don’t have to be the star of the show. It’s enough for me to serve. To shine light on the event itself by creating the best and most context-specific music I know how to make. 

 

Q. Do you have the capability of providing your own sound & lights?

A.  Yes, especially to sound.

 

Justin Taylor Bio

Justin Taylor was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He picked up his dad’s acoustic guitar when he was 14 and taught himself to play. By the time Justin graduated from college he was playing for a number of artists and touring as a session musician. On these tours, he opened for bands such as Fall Out Boy, Hoobastank, Stain’d, Evanescence, and 3 Doors Down, to name a few.

Playing for others awakened his love for songwriting and taking the lead microphone. Justin decided to go solo with just a guitar and a mic. With these and his own songs, he won the Andy McGibbon’s Acoustic Arts competition in 2005. He released his first album, “From Tienie Street” at the end of 2007 and signed with Candyrat Records in the States. He earned a number of songwriting awards including a first place in the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest in 2008 for his song, “Not the Way”, and was the runner up in the Songwars Competition in 2009 for his song, “I Will Not Be Fine”. His second album, “Farther” (released 2009) was a beautiful tribute to his wife, whom he crossed the ocean to be with. They now have two boys, who Justin says has greatly inspired his songwriting for album number 3, which will be coming out soon.

If you see Justin Taylor live in concert you can expect to be invited into his story and moved by his sincerity. His songs are honest and his guitar playing is compelling. Be on the lookout for Justin’s 3rd album “Almost Home” scheduled to be released later this year.

Hire Justin Taylor for your next event by calling us at (704)568-1968 or click “Book This Artist” to check pricing and availability.

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