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KIT TAYLOR is a six-time indie award-winning pianist and songwriter based in Portland, Oregon, USA. Kit's music is most often compared to songs from the films of Disney, as well as artists and songwriters like David Foster, Seal, Lionel Richie, Savage Garden, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Michael Jackson, Max Martin, and Dr. Luke.
Kit has studied under the likes of Nashville songwriter Craig Carothers (Trisha Yearwood), platinum-certified songwriter Marv Ross (Quarterflash, Geffen Records, "Harden My Heart"), engineer and producer Bob Stark (Esperanza Spalding, Missy Higgins, Everclear), and Tom Blaylock, who teaches voice to some of the rising stars in music today, including Shoshana Bean (Broadway's "Wicked") and Chris Mann (“Neon Dreams” in Las Vegas, by NBC’s "The Voice").
A W A R D S
Kit has won or been nominated for six independent songwriting awards; including two John Lennon Songwriting Contest nominations, a win in the Independent Music Awards, the Great American Song Contest, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and most recently the USA Songwriting Competition for his song "Half a Man". That song features the soaring tenor of Paul Creighton, the guitar mastery of David Torn (Madonna), and is featured on Kit’s debut pop album “Love + Pain”.
D E B U T P O P A L B U M
Even before its release, the new album received praise from several of the featured artists, including David Torn (songwriter, guitar; Madonna, John Legend), and Jennifer Batten (guitar; Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck). See the media page for more.
Artists featured on the record include Marv Ross, David Torn and Jennifer Batten, as well as R&B singer Tahirah Memory (daughter of Grammy winning trumpeter Thara Memory), Joey Diggs Jr. (Midnight Red), world-class vocalist Paul Creighton (the Motet), Jimmie Herrod (Pink Martini), Damian Erskine (Gino Vanelli), and Phil Baker (Pink Martini).
The video for his debut single, “Lately (Time Stops For You)”, garnered over 60,000 views on Facebook, and the song was picked up by multiple Spotify playlists, including several with 20-50,000 followers.
I N T E R V I S I O N
From 2003-2013 Kit played with the soul/pop band Intervision. The group was co-founded by Kit along with college classmates Paul Creighton (The Motet), Mike Glidden, Jon Barber, and Tony Stovin, and over the years featured those five, along with other musical all-stars Paul Mazzio (Nu Shooz), Willie Matheis (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies), and Damian Erskine (Gino Vanelli, Peter Erskine). The band toured the country, was featured on the front page of the Oregonian, sold out the Aladdin Theater multiple times, and shared the stage with groups such as Lifehouse, The Neville Brothers, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Tyrone Wells, Vicci Martinez (“The Voice), Justin Hopkins (“The Voice), Geoff Byrd (Hall & Oates), and European R&B star Jarrod Lawson, who was also a college classmate of Kit and other members of the band.
In 2008 Kit and Intervision won the International Independent Music Award in the category of ‘Best R&B Song’ for the track “Live Out Loud” off their sophomore album “Shades Of Neptune”. That album and others were produced and engineered by both Bob Stark (see top) and Dean Baskerville (Sheryl Crow). In the same year, the song was also chosen as a finalist in the JLSC (John Lennon Songwriting Contest).
O T H E R H I G H L I G H T S
Other career highlights include a west coast tour with platinum pop band AWOLNation; photoshoots with David Bergman (Bon Jovi, Barack Obama) and Craig Mitchelldyer (Sports Illustrated, Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Timbers); and sharing the stage with the likes of cellist Dave Eggar (Phillip Phillips, Evanescence), members of Live, Kansas, and Blessed Union Of Souls, and multiple artists featured on hit TV shows like NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and FOX’s "American Idol".
W E D D I N G S + E V E N T S
If you are looking for live piano or DJ services for your wedding, funeral, or event, Kit runs Kit Taylor Piano + DJ for just that purpose. Kit Taylor Piano + DJ is the NW's premier choice for classy wedding and party entertainment. Kit specializes in wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions, parties, corporate events, and funerals and memorials. Prime performance locations include Portland and surrounding areas, Salem, Eugene, the Oregon Coast, Vancouver, and Seattle, WA.
For questions on anything, or for booking, visit the contact page.
"Kit is a force to be reckoned with. A young, hella-talented singer/songwriter with a great sense of musical excitement. I had a blast playing on his record."
- Jennifer Batten, guitar (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, Michael Sembello)
"What a great tune and performance on your part. Thank you sir!"
- David Torn; guitar, songwriter (Madonna, John Legend, Donna Lewis)
"This is the kind of song that gets featured in a Disney movie and becomes an overnight sensation."
- Paul Nelson; President, Sonic Media Studios (Sam Elliot, "Leverage", "The Librarians"), on Kit's song "Time to Say Goodbye"
"Kit reminds me of a young David Foster. Beautiful piano playing, amazing songwriting, and impeccable production."
- Tom Blaylock, NW Institute of Voice (Broadway's Shoshana Bean, "The Voice"'s Chris Mann, and many others)
"If they don't like this song... then I don't know what they would like. Rindy and I were blown away."
- Marv Ross, platinum-certified songwriter of "Harden My Heart" (Quarterflash, Geffen Records), on Kit's song "Sometimes a Friend"
"One of the best songwriters I've heard come out of Portland in decades, and one of the most dedicated and driven musicians I've ever worked with."
- Bob Stark; engineer + producer (Everclear, Esperanza Spalding, Missy Higgins)