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Kate Taylor

Biography

Growing up in North Carolina provided Kate Taylor with plenty of inspiration; from gospel and soul music, to the gentle folk musings that richly define that part of the Appalachia region, Taylor absorbed it all. At 15, Taylor fronted her first band, and just a few years later came to the attention of famed producer Peter Asher. She signed to Atlantic Records and released her debut, Sister Kate, in 1971. A few years later, the young artist took the opportunity to work with her brother James, who, along with acclaimed Muscle Shoals producer Barry Beckett, produced her self-titled 1978 follow-up. Kate Taylor was lauded by the critics, putting Taylor on a well-lit path to stardom. However, 1979's It's In There didn't fare quite so well and Taylor took a sabbatical from the music industry--a 24-year sabbatical! In 2003, Taylor returned to the public arena with the release of Beautiful Road. With the vast majority of these songs written by her husband Charlie Witham, Beautiful Road's stirring tone was amplified when Witham became ill and died during the recording process. Despite this, Taylor has infused her songs with such palpable joy that Rolling Stone called it, "A heartfelt, folk-rock gem."

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