Taylor James releases new single ‘Good News’

The singer and songwriter of contemporary R ‘n’ B and soul known as Taylor James has released his latest single, “Good News.” It has been proudly published on the Hearts of Gold Music independent record label, entirely without financial or managerial support from the corporate music entities. Infused with elements of funk, soul, gospel and rhythm ‘n’ blues, “Good News” is a glorious modern iteration of the Motown sound as well as an upbeat musical push for better social values.

Taylor James (born James Albert Taylor) cites as main artistic influences Godfather of Soul James Brown and mastermind music mogul Quincy Jones. Taylor James’ own sound and style on “Good News” possesses many of the most important qualities of these. Perhaps most prominently, it exhibits the unstoppable funk and groove of James Brown, but also the razor-sharp songwriting and studio production of Quincy Jones. Lush, danceable and highly textured, “Good News” is easily one of the most powerful singles of 2014 to seamlessly blend no fewer than three genres of music, and indeed probably more.

Taylor James was born in 1953 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in music and a minor in recording engineering. He has been writing, recording and producing music since the age of 17. James served as drummer and lead vocalist for Wynd Chymes, whose two LP albums are still in circulation online. His own first album, “No Way Out” appeared on the Great Southern Productions (GSP) music label in 1984. He wrote and produced music under GSP from 1976-1990, after which time he built his own studio and recorded such popular artists as Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush, the William Brothers and the Canton Spirituals.

“Good News” is the most significant release from Taylor James in recent years, and has been published concurrently with an instrumental version as well as an official, high-gloss music video. It is the first of several tracks to be released from Taylor in late 2014, including such other titles as “Olde School,” “A Taylormade Christmas,” and “Say It’s Me / Living for You.” Each has been produced and published by the Hearts of Gold Music label.

“Good News” by Taylor James is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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