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It’s about time I introduced you to another talented musician – Grant Austin Taylor.

Grant Austin TaylorMost of you are probably familiar with his music – yet I hope that this article serves as a reminder to check his recent songs. It has been several years since I heard of Grant Austin Taylor for the very first time – yet I am thankful that a visitor to my blog sent me a message about him and naturally I could not resist doing an article on him. I almost feel guilty that I had to be reminded of this incredible performer – keeping in mind that he plays my favorite style of music (rock). I am repeating myself a bit here as I wrote something similar about Zach Raizman, but this only confirms how much one could miss while trying to stay updated with the scene out there.

Grant Austin Taylor may be only fourteen (soon to be fifteen – he was born on May 9, 1995) but he already has some really impressive achievements – such as the  special award for Outstanding Young Original Blues-Rock Artist at the 28th annual Young Artist Awards (2007) and the “Patriot Award”, awarded by the United Service Organizations. Also worth mentioning is that  his band has opened concerts for such titans of the rock music world as Motley Crue  and  Aerosmith.

In 2007, Grant Austin Taylor released his first album which consisted of five remastered songs recorded at his live performances in the same year. The band for the live gigs included Harvey Kojan on keyboards,  Jimmy Wiseman on bass and keyboards and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis. Along with Grant’s amazing guitar skills, which really show in the second track of the album We Walk Alone (my favorite from the album), we get to hear the talented  Jimmy Wiseman on bass and keyboards and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis who helped Grant for his first EP. The fifth song of the album is an instrumental called Rockin P-Town which combines great bass guitar, solos and drums in a vibe guaranteed to make you wanna dance. For those more sentimental, there is the ballad Make This Love Last which is  one of the songs he performed at the 28th  award ceremony of the Young Artist Awards- it is the 3rd song from his album. The fourth song in the album called When Life Turns Gray has a lot of soul in it – and some great lyrics /

The 1st song, which I left for the end, is called That’s The Way Life Goes. It has quite a unique sound  – an uplifting mixture of pop and rock with a notable vocal performance by Grand Austin Taylor.

I was most impressed, not only by the guitar skills of Grant, but also the fact that all songs in the album are his original compositions (both the music and the lyrics).

 

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  • Rob Smith says:

    From bill101 I love Grant’s music and I think that he will go a long way.
    He has a song (We Walk Alone) that I have on my youtube play list.
    This song is very good as all of his songs are.
    I write music and play guitar/keyboards and more.
    I am now recording tracks for my new cd and I only wish Grant was here as my songs and his songs would be on this cd.

  • CelestialTones says:

    It's also been a while for me. I have known about him for quite a while (some friends back in Freedom One Radio were enamored with him) but never really got to hear his music! And now I love it! There is hope for the future of music ;)

  • christoff555 says:

    Spectacular! It's so wonderful to see such talent in one so young… there's no doubt at all we'll be enjoying his music more and more in the future!

  • stars2come says:

    Grant is a great artist. I am always amazed by how talented young people like Grant are and what they can accomplish

  • skykid says:

    Hello Klaus,

    Further surprises are in store for you. What about : An exclusive interview with Grant Austin Taylor ! Stay tuned.

    Thank you for your suggestion and comments . I appreciate them !

  • Klaus says:

    It has been a nice suprise that you took my suggestion of doing an article about GAT. It was not long ago that I discovered your blog and now I feel like a humble 'contributor'!

  • ardensings says:

    Really great guitar playing. I have been playing guitar for a while now and know how hard it is and you are an amazing player. keep up the good work

  • tommy342 says:

    Boy first time I heard Grant he is awesome I love it. He done a great job writing Thats The Way Life Goes …..good job Grant.

  • The kid has great musical talent, i'm sure he has trouble finding kids his age to play with at his level. But his vocals are not there yet. To be competive on the major level. But I wish him all the best.

  • Rivenmaster says:

    Skykid,
    Grant has well earned his reputation of being one of the youngest and best blues guitarists in the world! Like you, he caught my attention long before I ever started my blog site! I'm very happy that you have re-introduced him here for the world to see! Great article and most informative concerning his cd which I have yet to purchase! I think I have watched all his videos both on You-Tube and MySpace and especially enjoy him showing us around his personal studio and explaining a little about his guitar collection.

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