Livingston Taylor

Singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor was born in Boston November 21, 1950 and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Brother of singer/songwriter James, the late, great singer Alex (A.T.), singer/songwriter Kate and innkeeper Hugh, he is also a faculty member at Berklee School of Music and teaches a course called Stage Performance. In 1952, the family moved to Chapel Hill where his dad Isaac was the Dean of The Medical School at UNC. Taylor was one of the first artists, along with James Montgomery, to sign with Southern label Capricorn Records and he released three albums with them. His debut, Livingston Taylor, his second Liv, and his last, Over The Rainbow which was released in 1973. Brother James and Carly Simon sang backing vocals for “Be My New Horizon” on it also. In the ’80’s, Taylor hosted a nationally syndicated TV show This Week’s Music and began teaching Performance at Berklee. He continued to release new music on Epic Records in the ’90’s. Liv was an artist in residence at the Lowell House at Harvard College from 2000-2006 and is one of the V.P’s in the Development Office too. 2010 saw the release of his most recent album Last Alaska Moon which includes an all-star cast of musicians including Leland Sklar and Vince Gill. Taylor is also an instrument-rated private pilot and an aviation enthusiast. Compared to his super-star brother James, Livingston has had a more modest career. His best selling single, “I Will Be In Love With You” went no higher than #30 on the Billboard charts and his last Top 40 Single, “First Time In Love,” was released in 1980. His great personality and charm as a performer keeps him important and relevant in 2016.

(by A.J. Wachtel)

Published on June 28, 2016