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Ben Taylor

As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the world, but initially it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer.

Taylor was raised in Manhattan and spent time in various private schools before leaving them behind in ninth grade. By then, he'd taught himself how to play guitar, but traveling the world and connecting with nature were Taylor's passion. Trips across Asia and Europe opened his eyes to Earth's greatest wonders, leading him to think he might like to be a gardener or a farmer. Still, he had his hand in a few musical makings. Before he turned 20, Taylor's cover of the Beatles' "I Will" landed on the soundtrack to a domestic comedy featuring Paul Reiser, Bye Bye, Love. He eventually recorded an album for Epic's label the Work Group, but it folded shortly after Taylor inked his contract. He was left feeling disenchanted, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life because he still wasn't convinced music was for him. Taylor would soon come to realize that music was the only career he'd understand.

A trip to the Caribbean gave him the push he'd been wanting for so long. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a headful of songs, Taylor shaped himself into the natural singer/songwriter his parents knew he'd become. While visiting Los Angeles in late 2001, he befriended drummer Larry Ciancia (Fiona Apple, Everlast) and a musical bond was formed. Fellow musicians Adam MacDougall, Rick Musallam, and Joe Dunne joined them weeks later and the Ben Taylor Band was born; Taylor had gone from a shy, reserved teenager to a brave, confident young man and artist. The Ben Taylor Band signed a deal with WEA's Iris Records after Green Dragon, Name a Fox was virtually unnoticed after its 2002 release on Epic. In February 2003, the Ben Taylor Band issued Famous Among the Barns and jumped on tour with folk darling Dar Williams. Taylor tapped actor/musician Kevin Bacon to produce his third outing, the sure-footed and engaging Another Run Around the Sun, followed by a string of EPs. In 2008, he released a new full-length, The Legend of Kung Folk, Pt. 1, followed by Listening in 2012. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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I would've never found out about Ben Taylor if I hadn't been watching his televised concert in the middle of the night. I LOVE being a night owl!
How could Ben not follow this path? I think before James retires there need be a Taylor family concert....j a m e s , Livingston, kate, Sally, Ben and yes.... carly too! And they ought to start a music school! Thank you Ben for continuing the family business, and yes your sound is unique!!! Please come back to FTC soon and "Folk/Rock-o n Brother!"
marysalata
Just saw him in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago. He looks just like his mom and does sound like his dad a bit... but the more you listen, the more he has his own distinct style. His show and his band were fabulous. Enjoyed every minute of it. He is earthy and very funny.
fourroses79
Also puts on a great concert!
A very smooth, peaceful quality to his music....gua r a n t e e d to move you into relaxation a lighter mood after a day in this action-drive n chaotic world....Hoo k e d
bobbyc503
I think he is great
wow, gotta lot of his daddy in his voice. knew it as soon as i heard him without seeing his name.
kavaccaro4
Nothing I can do...Love listening to BT :)
dbrandon60
I also saw the Spring show in Cincinnati.. . J T s birthday and all. Very cool.
monnagvd
Wow, he sounds like a young James Taylor. I had to look and see what the song was because I'd never heard it before and discovered it to be BEN Taylor. Very nice.
accashland
Ben Taylor will follow in his dad's footsteps very well! Excellent in concert.
yeah, Ben! wow....Carly and JT...cant get much better
danisteinber g
Saw Ben in concert with his Dad (on his Dad's birthday). Very cool! This long time JT fan is now a fan of Ben. Love his clean voice.
jensenbrasil
James is still better. Son is really good, but he's not quite dad.
angie.webb
I saw Ben Taylor live on the beach in Dana Point CA, and have been a fan ever since. He is a true pure talent! Very engaging and believable! I love his style.
Wow my favorite female artist has a son following in her foot steps.
sounds good dude
wweeker1
Love your voice and style. - With a nice blend of both of your parents talent, you have found your own wonderful talent!!
ofr2256
I seldom look at a bio,but when I heard this guy, I read it and every comment.God is wonderful! Thank you Ben for becoming a recording artist.What a sweeet sound!
Wonderful! He is such a wonderful combination of his extremely talented parents!
I met him...and he is the kindest guy...very humble, and VERY talented!!
Sound like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Sounds similar to his dad, Style and Quality.
atchisonj
I agree MORE Ben please!
tinak6
More from Ben, please.
bgoertzen5
The apple doesnt fall far from the tree...and thats a very good thing in this case....who wouldnt want to be compared to the incomparable James Taylor...?
I am glad to have found him too, so fresh
andre_classe n
I can hear a certain quality of Ben's voice which reminds me of his father James, but he's definitely a talent of his own. I'm so glad to have discovered Ben Taylor today. Thank you Pandora :)
Great.
dwvictorians q u a r e
more please
lynnehouriga n
Absolutely awesome. I could listen to Ben Taylor all day long, in fact, I sometimes do. I am now 60 and relate to his music so much. I hope that is not a bad thing, but that I am just young at heart. He plays the music just for me and my life today. Thank you, Ben. Looking forward to buying Another Run Around the Sun.
gedfamily
want to hear MORE from Ben Taylor, please?
Why is Nothing I Can Do the only tract played on here?? I like it, but would love to hear other songs by Ben.
john.arden
I actually think he sounds more like his uncle Livingston than his Dad. Saw him live in Chicago recently. He is a very impressive live performer.
I like this song - sounds like his Dad. Play a couple more songs off of the album please??
herecomes2mo r r o w
sounds just like pop. writes awesome music like him too. bet his daddys proud
As everyone else, I thought he was James Taylor. Nice clean classic sound
bencreedcome d y
what abou famous among the barns?
I was thinking to myself "this guy sounds like James Taylor" when I clicked over and looked at who it was. this guy won't have to work very hard for his success. He already sounds great!
performingar t s
caught my attention in the middle of my work day!
Great Song!! You can see purer version on youtube.
Really enjoyed this I actually thought it was James Taylor.
Beautiful voice. First time I heard this song, I thought it was James Taylor. I agree with all the others, Great singer!
I agree with Bill. Quickly becoming a favorite.
Good stuff, grows on you.
it's startling how much he sounds like his father - I am sure that he would prefer that he had his own sound but with parents like his, hard to ignore your talents
I'd hate to think that when James and Livingston kick off that there would be nothing to replicate that sweet voice. Isn't genetics wonderful?

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