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Byron Keith Taylor

Welcome! I'm a self-produced artist whose talents enable me to play more than a dozen different musical instruments. I began singing at the age of three and is noted for possessing perfect pitch. My songwriting endeavors began at 12 and during his teenage years, I sang lead for my own Pop group before venturing into solo territory. It was at this time when I began to see my individuality as an artist grow by working with Russian maestro Misha Shufutinsky, a legendary artist/producer in his country, and playing with jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino, a well-known artist based in Japan and his son, Kenji Hino who played in my band as a bass player and is a well-known artist as well. For a brief time at Queens College, I studied Music Composition and Orchestration with the renowned Classical/Opera composer, Thea Musgrave. My debut album, "Castle of Dreams," was released in 2000 and was engineered by Dave Fisher, who worked on various commercial release including Lou Reed's "Ecstasy" CD. My 2006 album, Dreamwalk, featured the work of guest violinist Lorenza Ponce, who has played with Sheryl Crow and Bon Jovi. The album took four years to complete; I produced and arranged it and performed all the singing and the bulk of the instruments. Upon the release of "Dreamwalk," I was chosen to be one of the elite performers in the Songwriters Hall of Fame showcase for unsigned artists and received coverage from Billboard magazine. In 2010, I also appeared as a featured artist and was interviewed on Dublin public radio while studying to be a writer and educator at Dublin City University. A few years later, I released the EP "The Raven Trail," which is based on a novella I wrote about a fictional African-American character raised by Native Americans. Another recent CD, "Tales from Worldhaven," is loosely based on a fictional Steampunk realm full of original characters from my first novel. Now, the latest CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook," is a retrospective on my writing life as a multi-faceted artist who believes in quality, not trends. Thank you for visiting the website!