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Laura Taylor Bio
Singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger Laura Taylor is being heard on jazz stations around the world. Her latest release is a collection of Johnny Mercer songs titled “Have Mercer on Me…Laura Taylor Sings Johnny Mercer”. “My Funny Valentine…Memories of Chet Baker,” was recorded with legendary jazz greats Eddie Gomez, Steve Kuhn, and Lewis Nash, and reached top 10 play-list status. “Mountain Greenery” features the guitar and string arranging skills of Joe Lano, in addition to the great talents of Jack Sheldon, Pete and Conte Condole, Red Holloway and Charlie McClain. Laura also recorded a very popular tribute to Julie London, “Cry Me A River”, and a holiday CD called “Songs of The Winter Season”.
A resident of Las Vegas, Laura has received high praise for her concert performances and will be doing her second concert at the prestigious Smith Center for the Performing Arts Cabaret Jazz on April 24, 2014. Her debut performance there on October 25, 2012 received two standing ovations, and a great review! For the last two years, Laura has been a featured artist in two Joe Williams Scholarship Concerts with Ben Vereen. In 2011, Laura also appeared three times at the legendary Feinstein’s at Loew’s Regency in New York City, and received a warm response from Michael Feinstein who was in attendance at one of her performances.
Laura appeared as The Laura Taylor Trio at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, for six consecutive years, and did a special concert at Carnegie Recital Hall. She also opened for Don Rickles at The Golden Nugget Hotel in Atlantic City, and The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, prompting an offer to appear at “The Starlight Theater” of The Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas where she appeared for eighteen months.
Laura received a platinum album for writing the song “Think I’m In Love” for Diana Ross. This resulted in her first appearance on the Merv Griffin Show. Merv announced that Ms. Ross’s Album “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” had gone platinum, and that Laura’s song was picked by the New York Times as one of the outstanding songs on the album. Laura’s other special appearances include Midnight Special, The Dinah Shore Show, The Arthur Godfrey Radio Show and singing the National Anthem for the Miami Dolphins several times in the Orange Bowl. Studio credits include national jingles “Fly the Friendly Skies of United”, “Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have a Buick”; a top ten disco album, “Dancin’ In My Feet”; a platinum album for her background vocal work on Firefall’s “Elan”, and background vocal work for famed Beatles’ producer George Martin.