Terry Scott Taylor

Terry Scott Taylor

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Terry Scott Taylor
Img_capt =
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Terry Scott Taylor
Born = Birth date and age|1950|5|24|mf=y
Origin = United States
Genre = Rock music, Folk, pop
Years_active = 1971–present
Label = Stunt Records
URL = [http://www.DanielAmos.com DanielAmos.com]

Terry Scott Taylor (born May 24, 1950) is an American songwriter, record producer, writer and founding member of the bands Daniel Amos and the Swirling Eddies (credited as Camarillo Eddy). Taylor is also a member of the roots and alternative music group, Lost Dogs as well as being a member of the Rapsures,a gospel Rap group for kids. He is based in Orange County, California, USA.

Taylor is highly regarded for his songwriting skills. These often include allusions to and reworkings of material ranging from Elizabethan poets to modern authors. Foremost among Taylor's influences is William Blake. The Daniel Amos album title "Fearful Symmetry" was drawn from Blake's poem "The Tyger," and numerous songs across the The Alarma! Chronicles series of albums have Blake-inspired references. Some other poets who have influenced Taylor's work are T. S. Eliot and Christina Rossetti. Eliot's poetry inspired the song "Hollow Man" from the "Doppelgänger" album. "Where Dreams Come True" from Taylor's solo LP "A Briefing for the Ascent" draws heavily from Rosetti's poem "Echo."

The inspiration for many Daniel Amos and Taylor songs from the mid-1980's can be found in the book "Behold, This Dreamer: Of Reverie, Night, Sleep, Dream, Love-Dreams, Nightmare, Death." This book, compiled by Walter de la Mare and published in 1939, contains poems and essays that appear in Taylor's songwriting. De la Mare is thanked in the liner notes of the final installment of The Alarma! Chronicles, "Fearful Symmetry". References to contemporary authors also appear in Taylor's songs. One example is the song "Shape of Air" from the LP "Darn Floor-Big Bite". The song explores the mystical musings of Annie Dillard found in her Pulitzer prize-winning book, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek". The album is also heavily inspired by the works of Czesław Miłosz. This is especially evident in songs like "The Unattainable Earth" (which was named after one of Miłosz' books), "Safety Net", "Pictures of the Gone World", "Divine Instant", and "Half Light, Epoch, and Phase".

During the 1990s and into the new millennium, Taylor's songwriting for the Lost Dogs and on other projects turned away from more esoteric themes. The songs crafted during this phase of Taylor's career marked a shift toward "Americana" and, in some ways, a return to the country music sound of Daniel Amos in the early 1970s. The primary vehicle for this phase of Taylor's songwriting career is the Lost Dogs, with a number of noteworthy solo projects. The Lost Dogs began in 1991 as a one-time collaboration between vocalists and songwriters from four different bands at the behest of their label at that time. Taylor, Gene Eugene (of Adam Again), Derri Daugherty (of The Choir), and Michael Roe (of The 77s) have released several eclectic albums of traditional American music (country, folk, blues, rock) over the last decade.

Career highlights

Many of Taylor's early bands opened for many of the popular bands and artists of the '60s and '70s including Van Morrison, Janis Joplin's band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

After a number of years performing with local California bands and folk trios like Good Shepherd, Judge Rainbow and the Prophetic Trumpets, The Cardboard Scheme, and The Scarlet Staircase, Taylor formed Jubal's Last Band with Steve Baxter, Kenny Paxton, and Chuck Starnes in 1972. In 1974, the band recorded a demo tape together to shop around to record labels. Later that year, the band lost Paxton and Starnes, and added bassist Marty Dieckmeyer and guitarist Jerry Chamberlain to the line-up.

Sometime in the middle of 1975, Jubal's Last Band (minus Baxter) auditioned for Maranatha! Music and Calvary Chapel in hopes of signing a recording and performance contract. Another band at the meeting, led by Darrell Mansfield, had a similar name - Jubal. The two bands decided to change their names to avoid confusion. Mansfield renamed his band "Gentle Faith", and Jubal's Last Band became Daniel Amos. Daniel Amos succeeded in landing a recording and performance contract, and quickly recorded their first song for the label, Taylor's "Ain't Gonna Fight It" featuring ace sessionplayer Michael Omartian (Steely Dan) on Rhodes. A full album, produced by Al Perkins, followed. Taylor and the members of Daniel Amos went on to record numerous albums and change musical styles with nearly every one of them, including the four part "Alarma! Chronicles" series in the 1980s.

In 1986, Taylor released his first solo album, "Knowledge & Innocence", which included songs inspired by the death of his grandfather and the miscarriage of his and his wife's first child. The following year, Taylor released his second solo album, "A Briefing for the Ascent", this time inspired by the loss of his grandmother. That year, Taylor also became the production director for Frontline Records and went on to produce many of the label's releases.

In the early 1990s, Taylor teamed up with Adam Again's Gene Eugene, The Choir's Derri Daugherty and The 77s' Mike Roe to form the alt-country/roots band, Lost Dogs. Although it began as a "one time" arrangement, the band soon took on a life of its own and has continued to tour and make albums to this day.

In 1995, Taylor began a creative partnership with animator Doug TenNapel by scoring two of TenNapel's projects. The first was a cartoon series for CBS called "Project G.e.e.K.e.R." and the second was a popular PC CD-ROM video game entitled "The Neverhood". earned many awards and critical acclaim and continues to sell well on CD. Taylor went on to score two more video games for TenNapel, 1998's "Skullmonkeys" and 1999's "Boombots". Both games were created for Sony's PlayStation video game console. The best known track from "Skullmonkeys" is the "Li'l Bonus Room" track, regarded by many in the video game industry as the single funniest track ever written for a video game.

In 1997, Taylor became the head of West Coast A&R for the Killen Music Group (KMG Records), a Nashville-based record label. The following year Taylor's third solo album, "John Wayne", was released at the Cornerstone Festival. In 1999, a number of artists and fans of Taylor's came together to create "". The album contained nearly 20 songs written by Taylor and performed by other artists, including The 77s, Randy Stonehill, Phil Madeira, Starflyer59, Jimmy Abegg, Larry Norman, The Throes and others. The project was completed and released in the summer of 2000, along with Taylor's fourth solo project, the acoustic "Avocado Faultline". Two years later, Taylor returned with an EP entitled, "LITTLE, big".

In 2005, Taylor composed the soundtrack to another TenNapel cartoon series (this time, for the Nickelodeon network) called "Catscratch".

Taylor produced a number of albums over the years with singer/songwriter Randy Stonehill, including "Equator" (which included the Stonehill concert favorite "Shut De Do"), the dreamy "Wonderama", and the 2001 Children's album "Uncle Stonehill's Hat", which also featured Taylor's daughter Noelle contributing her voice to the story. Throughout his entire career, Taylor has produced albums for countless bands and artists including Randy Stonehill, Riki Michele, Tom Howard, The Altar Boys, Crystal Lewis and Wild Blue Yonder, Jacob's Trouble, Scaterd Few, Deliverance, Mercy River, Starflyer 59's "Leave Here a Stranger", Fine China's "You Make Me Hate Music", Mortal, Poor Old Lu, Tourniquet, Rich Young Ruler, Derri Daugherty, an assortment of children's records including the MegaMouth series and the Harry Whodunit? series. He also wrote and produced a tribute to surf music entitled "Surfonic Water Revival", which featured performances by Phil Keaggy, Smalltown Poets, Chuck Girard, Paul Johnson, Havalina Rail Co., Rick Altizer, Plumb, The Supertones, All Star United, Skillet, Silage, Rebecca St. James, The Insyderz, and others.

Taylor performs yearly at Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. and nationally with his band The Lost Dogs.

Influence

Taylor's work has received recognition and praise in USA Today, The Door, Time Magazine, and numerous national and regional newspapers and magazines, yet his career has essentially flown under the radar outside of the music industry. Taylors music , both as a member of Daniel Amos and through his solo work, has been a major influence within the music industry. Aside from the obvious influence on artists that Taylor has worked with over the years, numerous notable people have named Taylor and DA as musical heroes over the years including artists like The Ocean Blue, Randy Stonehill, The 77s, Phil Keaggy, Steve Taylor, Jimmy Abegg, Phil Madeira, Crystal Lewis, This Train, Carolyn Arends (Arends actually used to perform DA songs in one of her early bands), Ventriloquist Terry Fator, Brian Healy, The Throes, The Choir, Mortal, Larry Norman, Animator and Musician Doug TenNapel, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Isaac Air Freight, Deliverance, Starflyer59, Jonathan Coulton [ [http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2007/10/15/portal-the-skinny/ Jonathan Coulton » Blog Archive » Portal: The Skinny ] ] , and others. Collective Soul, which released several successful alternative rock singles during the 1990s and early 2000s, cite Daniel Amos as a major inspiration for their work. Taylor's work on Dreamworks videogame soundtracks and Nickelodeon animated series have been used as backing music for Olympic performances and become a favorite of other soundtrack composers like Bill Brown, Actor Ben Afleck, comedian Drew Carey, and other celebrities.

olo Discography

* "Knowledge & Innocence", 1986 album
* "A Briefing for the Ascent", 1987 album
* "John Wayne", 1998 album
* "Avocado Faultline", 2000 album
* "LITTLE, big", 2002 ep
* "", Various Artists, 2002
* "All Day Sing and Dinner on the Ground", with Michael Roe, 2002 ep
* "Songs for the Day After Christmas" ep

oundtrack albums and compilations

* "Surfonic Water Revival", 2000 tribute to Surf music
* "", 2002 Soundtrack album
* "Making God Smile: A Tribute to Beach Boy Brian Wilson" Various Artists, 2002 album
* "Come As A Child Or Not At All", 2003 Compilation memorial with Theo Obrastoff
* "", 2004 Soundtrack album
* "Random Acts and Hodgepodge", Expanded Edition, (2008)

Daniel Amos Discography

* "Daniel Amos", 1976 debut album
* "Shotgun Angel", 1977 album
* "Horrendous Disc", "1978", 1981 album
* "¡Alarma!", 1981 album
* "Doppelgänger", 1983 album
* "Vox Humana", 1984 album
* "Fearful Symmetry", 1986 album
* "The Revelation", 1986, re-issued 2000
* "Darn Floor - Big Bite", 1987 album
* "Live Bootleg '82", 1990
* "Kalhoun", 1991 album
* "MotorCycle", 1993 album
* "BibleLand", 1994 album
* "Preachers From Outer Space!", 1994 "An historic night, recorded live at the Anaheim Convention Center, Easter Weekend 1978"
* "Songs of the Heart", 1995 album
* "Mr Buechner's Dream", 2001 double CD. CD 1 entitled: Mr. Buechner's Dream, CD 2 entitled: And So It Goes.

Videos

* "Daniel Amos Live in Anaheim 1985", 2003 DVD
* "The Making of Mr. Buechner's Dream", 2005 DVD
* "Instruction Through Film", 2007 DVD

wirling Eddies Discography

* "Let's Spin!", 1988 album
* "Outdoor Elvis", 1989 album
* "Zoom Daddy", 1994 album
* "The Berry Vest of The Swirling Eddies", Best of album featured a bonus track on the tape version only reversing the usual convention of the time of putting bonus tracks on the CD only, 1995 Compilation
* "Sacred Cows", 1996 album
* "The midget, the speck and the molecule", 2007 album

Lost Dogs Discography

* "Scenic Routes", 1992 album
* "Little Red Riding Hood", 1993 album
* "The Green Room Serenade, Part One", 1996 album
* "Gift Horse", 1999 album
* "Real Men Cry", 2001 album
* "The Green Room Serenade, Part Tour", 2002 live-album
* "" Various Artists, 2002 album
* "Nazarene Crying Towel", 2003 album
* "MUTT", 2004 album
* "Island Dreams", 2005 album (instrumental)
* "The Lost Cabin and the Mystery Trees", 2006 album
* "We Like To Have Christmas", 2007 Christmas album

Rapsures Discography

* Gospel Rap-1985
* OT Rap-1987
* Loud,Proud and Born Again-1990

Videos

* "The Lost Dogs... Via Chicago", 2003 DVD (plus bonus CD)
* "Via Chicago (All We Left Unsaid)" (2006) DVD (plus bonus CD)

References

External links

* [http://www.TheLostDogs.com www.TheLostDogs.com]
* [http://www.DanielAmos.com www.DanielAmos.com]
* [http://www.myspace.com/terryscotttaylor Terry Scott Taylor at MySpace.com]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0853251 Internet Movie Database Profile]
* [http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/artist.php?id=4021 Rapsures]
* [http://www.vgmrush.com/artist.php?id=23 Profile at VGM Rush]


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