The latest LP from the singer and songwriter known as Taylor James has dropped, titled, “A Taylormade Christmas.” It is the most significant recently published release from James since his “Olde School” LP, also dropped this last quarter of 2014. “A Taylormade Christmas,” like all of James’ contemporary releases, has been published on the Hearts of Gold Recording independent music label.
As might be intuited from the title, “A Taylormade Christmas” is a seasonal record from James, full of the holiday spirit and tradition. What is less obvious is that the long-play album is composed of five new renditions of his Christmas classic, “Christmas & You,” and a surprise new track, “Wishing You a Merry Christmas.” The album is triumphantly capped with the original version of “Christmas & You,” included here for any Taylor James fans who might have missed it somehow when it originally hit airwaves and shelves in 1975.
The styles, modes and tones of the various renditions of “Christmas & You” included on “A Taylormade Christmas” are each effective in their own way, yet different enough from one another to make listening to the LP from start to finish a pleasant tour of possibilities which emerge colorfully from his original single. These different varieties include new-school and old-school radio mixes, new-school and old-school extended mixes, and an extended version that does not include the vocals of Taylor James, added to the LP for those who would like to hear and appreciate his expert instrumentation without it being overshadowed by the graceful and soulful singing which is generally the centerpiece of his performance.
Taylor James (born James Albert Taylor) cites as main artistic influences Godfather of Soul James Brown and mastermind music mogul Quincy Jones. 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.
“A Taylormade Christmas” by Taylor James is available online worldwide.
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