Joel Bazile Interview With Troy Taylor

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Troy Taylor was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has a family history of talented musicians. His father was an esteemed jazz musician and his grandfather was a gospel music director. He has a son named Quincy. Taylor has a love for music that dates back to his childhood years, but it wasn’t until the age of 14, that he began tapping into the music world. He started by singing in local talent shows and then moved on to playing keyboards and learning how to listen and understand music.

Taylor graduated from Hartford Conservatory School in 1988 with a degree in jazz theory and record production. Shortly after, in 1989 after meeting Motown Records music executive Timmy Regisford he landed a solo artist deal at Motown. In the midst of working on his album, Taylor decided to change career paths. He took a more behind-the-scenes approach; producing his debut songs, “Little Things” and “Your Love”, which were placed on Boyz II Men’s debut album, “Cooley High Harmony”, which sold over 12 million copies and the 2nd album “II” sold over 20million worldwide. Taylor earned a Grammy Award for each.

At 17, while attending a church convention in Florida he met and began a friendship with a young man named Carl Thomas, an aspiring singer. Taylor began teaching him the fundamentals of recording which later would result in 2 million copies sold of his debut album with Bad Boy Records. Taylor continues to mentor and collaborate with the best in the industry to include Elijah Blake(Usher), Claude Kelly(Kelly Clarkson) and Johnta, “The Tunesmith” Austin, who has worked with artists such as Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Toni Braxton and many more. In 2000, Taylor won ASCAP’S R&B and Pop Music Award and a Grammy nomination for the production of Tyrese’s hit single, “Sweet Lady”. In 2012 Taylor was awarded BMI’s Producer of the Year Award.

 

Taylor’s genius as musician, writer, vocal arranger, and producer can be heard on albums from artists such as The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, The Mighty O-Jay’s, Mary J. Blige’, Ginuwine, Brian McKnight, B2K, and Johnny Gill to name a few. His work with Aretha Franklin garnered him his third Grammy Award.

As an entrepreneur, Taylor formed a production company, Songbook Entertainment. In 2003 he signed recording artist Trey Songz, who would go on to land a deal at Atlantic Records. Starting with the break through album “Gotta Make It” , In 2009 Trey Songz was named BET’s Best R&B Male Artist of the Year. Later, in 2012 Songz fifth album “Chapter V” was released. He is currently working on his sixth project.

With a discography full of platinum hits, Taylor says he is “RAISING THE BAR” in the music industry by “Helping Legends stay Legends and creating New Legends”.

Troy Taylor recently produced singles on Jacquees, Dru Hill, &YK Osiris’ new projects, and he’s producing forthcoming Trey Songz music. He also produced Lil Duval’s new single “Nasty” featuring Jacquees & Tank.

He produced “Fact Or Fiction” & “Good Lovin'” on Jacquees’ ‘King Of R&B’ album,  “Sexual,” “Make Love,” “Closer,”  and “Everything You Do” on YK Osiris’ ‘The Golden Child’ album, and “Push It On Me” by Kevin Hart ft. Trey Songz.

 

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