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About Livingston Taylor
Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.
From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” (the last two recorded by his brother James), Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances.
He has shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989. His high-selling book, Stage Performance, released in 2011 offers lessons to those interested in elevating their presentation standards to professional standards.
Livingston’s 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 “Livingston Taylor Day”.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Livingston Taylor is endlessly interesting and entertaining. It’s no wonder that students clamor to take the singer-songwriter’s class.”
– Lehigh Valley Music
“Poet, singer, metaphysician, wall watcher …whose brooding eccentricity would make almost anybody else seem ridiculously clearheaded by comparison, tends to measure all information that seeps through his high-density brain filter by its buzz quotient.”
– Rolling Stone
“Complete control of a craftsman over his voice, guitar and diction, and the complete vulnerability of an artist. If you were susceptible to this sort of thing, he could crack you wide open.”
– Reading Eagle