Vance Taylor

Profile:
Vance Taylor is a native Atlantan who knew early in life that he wanted to pursue a career in music. The piano became his instrument of choice and as a youth, he took lessons from Dr. Salico, Professor of Music at Emory and Mercer Universities. His parents recognized his talent and encouraged his pursuit of music through the church. The church congregation became his audience. This exposure provided the spiritual foundation which allowed him to grow musically. At the age of thirteen, Vance received his first piano and began practicing and perfecting his skills intensively. His uncle exposed him to jazz musicians, such as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner. He soon found his niche as a result of the exposure to these jazz pianists.

Vance’s first tour occurred when he accompanied Peabo Bryson, and later he was the musical tour director for Toni Braxton and Earth, Wind, & Fire’s World Tour. He also performed with Bob Hope, Elton John, George Howard, Aretha Franklin, Will Downing, Stanley Clarke, Roberta Flack, Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore, After 7, and CeCe Winans. Currently, he performs in the group Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. He has been with this group for the past five years. When he’s not touring, Vance plays for churches and other organizations in the Atlanta area.

In addition to the piano, Vance plays the organ, keyboard, and synthesizers. He’s also a vocalist and has provided background vocals for George Howard, Peabo Bryson, and Will Downing.

Recently he completed his first solo project entitled "Long Overdue." This independent-released CD includes ten arranged melodies that blend elements of soul, jazz, and funk.
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Vocals

Vance Taylor - Paradise album art Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson - Paradise (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - I Am Love album art Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson - I Am Love (Album) Capitol Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Don't Play With Fire album art Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson - Don't Play With Fire (Album) Capitol Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Moods album art Will Downing Hold On and 1 more… Will Downing - Moods (Album) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway France 1995 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Vance Taylor - Paradise album art Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson - Paradise (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Cool Night album art Paul Davis (3) Paul Davis (3) - Cool Night (Album) Arista US 1981 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Get On Your Mark album art Fredi Grace And Rhinstone Tell Me What's On Your Mind (as Vance and 2 more… Fredi Grace And Rhinstone - Get On Your Mark (Album) RCA Victor US 1982 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Don't Play With Fire album art Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson - Don't Play With Fire (Album) Capitol Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Born To Love album art Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack Born To Love Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack - Born To Love (Album) Capitol Records Italy 1983 Sell This Version
FCR 161 Vance Taylor - Jazz Flavours At The Atlanta Jazz Festival: We're The Cats That Make It Happen album art Various Scratching The Surface Various - Jazz Flavours At The Atlanta Jazz Festival: We're The Cats That Make It Happen(LP) Fat Cat Records (4) FCR 161 US 1985 Sell This Version
FCR-165 Vance Taylor - The Best Of 94Qs Jazz Flavours album art Various Strange Pavement Various - The Best Of 94Qs Jazz Flavours(LP, Comp) Fat Cat Records (4) FCR-165 US 1986 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - The One album art Azanyah Azanyah - The One (Album) Path Of Light Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - If This Bass Could Only Talk album art Stanley Clarke Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun) Stanley Clarke - If This Bass Could Only Talk (Album) Portrait, Portrait Spain 1988 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Here Comes Bohannon album art Bohannon* Bohannon* - Here Comes Bohannon (Album) MCA Records US 1989 Sell This Version
ARCD-8543 Vance Taylor - Do You Still Remember Love album art Geoff McBride I Just Laugh and 1 more… Geoff McBride - Do You Still Remember Love(CD, Album) Arista ARCD-8543 US 1990 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Live In Japan '90 album art Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire - Live In Japan '90 Pioneer (3) Japan 1990 Sell This Version
SSD 8153, SSD8153 Vance Taylor - Eyes Of A Common Man album art Jerome Olds Jerome Olds - Eyes Of A Common Man(CD, Album) Star Song, Star Song SSD 8153, SSD8153 US 1990 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Boomerang: Original Soundtrack Album album art Various Love Shoulda Brought You Home and 1 more… Various - Boomerang: Original Soundtrack Album (Comp, Album) LaFace Records Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
73008-24029-1 Vance Taylor - Give U My Heart album art Babyface Featuring Toni Braxton Babyface Featuring Toni Braxton - Give U My Heart(12") LaFace Records 73008-24029-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
0777 7 86349 2 8, V2-86349 Vance Taylor - Takin' My Time album art After 7 Baby I'm For Real After 7 - Takin' My Time(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin Records America, Inc. 0777 7 86349 2 8, V2-86349 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRZ-8840 Vance Taylor - JVC Jazz Festival 1993 album art Various Only Human Various - JVC Jazz Festival 1993(CD, Comp, Promo) GRP GRZ-8840 US 1993 Sell This Version
LFPCD-4062 Vance Taylor - Seven Whole Days album art Toni Braxton The Christmas Song Toni Braxton - Seven Whole Days(CD, Maxi, Promo) LaFace Records LFPCD-4062 US 1993 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - Toni Braxton album art Toni Braxton Love Shoulda Brought You Home and 3 more… Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton (Album) Arista, LaFace Records South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - When Summer Comes album art George Howard Just For Tonight and 8 more… George Howard - When Summer Comes (Album) GRP US 1993 Sell This Version
Vance Taylor - You Mean The World To Me album art Toni Braxton Toni Braxton - You Mean The World To Me (Maxi, Single) LaFace Records Australia 1994 Sell This Version