Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate Taylor shares her dual musical heritage with brothers James, Livingston, Hugh, and her late brother Alex. Her roots run deep in the soul, gospel and rockabilly sounds of her southern upbringing and in the literate folk, pop and Appalachian stylings that comprise the balance of her family's musical legacy. Fronting her own band at fifteen, Kate signed her first recording contract with Atlantic/Cotillion records at nineteen under the tutelage of her manager, legendary producer Peter Asher. That album, Sister Kate, produced her first charting hit, a cover of Elton John's "Country Comfort," recorded with his encouragement and blessing.
She later recorded two albums for Columbia Records, Kate Taylor, produced by her brother James Taylor and It's in There, produced by acclaimed Muscle Shoals/Nashville producer Barry Beckett. Her duet with James, "The Shoop Shoop Song," from Kate Taylor, became her next charting hit single and remains an audience favorite today.
Kate's 2002 release, Beautiful Road, received 3 stars from Rolling Stone, which dubbed it a "heartfelt folk-rock gem." Her 2009 release, Fair Time!, her first of all original compositions, debuted to critical acclaim nationwide.
Kate's recent performances include the Newport Folk Festival, the WUMB/Boston Folk Festival, Sirius/XM radio and Nashville's famed Blue Bird Cafe. Kate plays regularly throughout the Northeast and at Feinstein's in New York City.
Praise for Fair Time!:
From Elmore Magazine -
"Sweet and sensual with a vocal twang that can melt hearts, Kate Taylor is the kind of musical gem that keeps on shining with every album she puts out...Taylor assuredly trades the impassioned heartache conveyed on 2003's Beautiful Road for a slyer, more dynamic sound, the kind that encompasses the vocal power of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris."
From The Noise -
"Hailing from the legendary musical family that is the Taylors of Martha’s Vineyard (brothers James, Livingston, etc.), Kate Taylor, who made a name for herself in the ’70s, has released this 12-song album that contains all the flavor and spunk of country and rockabilly... and all the depth of folk... Kate’s CD is a wonderful collection of heartfelt songs. From the Nashville-feeling and jaunty “Soap Opera Life” to the beautiful and utterly touching tribute to her late husband in “Red Tail,” Kate superbly shows her talent for translating various emotions into well-written and arranged songs. The more I listen to this, the more I appreciate Kate’s spirit and voice. Other picks: “King of the Pond,” “Sun Did Shine,” and “Cholene.”
In the 1980's, Jeff Alan Ross became a member of the legendary Apple band, Badfinger, singing such classics as "No Matter What," "Day After Day," and the recently revived (by way of Breaking Bad) “Baby Blue.” In 1999, the late Bob Birch, bassist with Elton John, introduced Jeff to his bandmate at the time, John Jorgenson. John, a world renown guitarist also of The Hellecasters and Desert Rose Band fame, asked Jeff to join his original electric group. Notably he has toured with Badfinger, John Jorgensen, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), 60's teen idol Johnny Tillotson, Gerry Marsden (Gerry & The Pacemakers), Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Kate Taylor, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), Tommy Cash and guitar legend, Albert Lee.
Jeff was the musical director for Peter & Gordon’s reunion, until Gordon’s untimely passing in 2009. He remains Peter’s musical director and co-producer for the show, Peter Asher: A Memoir of the 60’s and Beyond. He recently was a part of the Buddy Holly tribute album (produced by Peter Asher) and television special, Listen To Me, where he performed with Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin, Cobra Starship, Patrick Stump and Paul Anka. Jeff also has added keyboard and guitar tracks to a new Webb Sisters (background singers for Leonard Cohen) CD, the Grammy nominated album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Love Has Come For You, and the 40th anniversary remakes for Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
His 2009 album, Lock My Feelings In A Jar is available from his website, as well as iTunes and all the familiar online outlets. Look soon for his upcoming album, Hidden In The Threes.
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