The singer and songwriter of rhythm and blues known as Taylor James has released the long-awaited official video for his latest hit single, “Good News.” The single itself is part of a 2014 series from James which has included his acclaimed “Olde School” LP, the “A Taylormade Christmas” seasonal EP, the “Say It’s Me / Living for You” single and instrumental version, and the “Good News” single and instrumental version. These have each been released in the winter 2014 season. Each of them has likewise been published on the Hearts of Gold Music record label. Spotless, jazzy, groovy, funky and full of the gospel tradition, Taylor James’ “Good News” video is one of the best-produced and performed videos to come from this decade so far.
Taylor James (born James Albert Taylor) has cited James Brown and Quincy Jones as main artistic influences, both of which feature prominently in his own style and panache in his “Good News” video. Having been quietly made available for viewing online in late September 2014, and with minimal marketing or advertisement, the “Good News” video by Taylor James has already garnered close to 200,000 well-deserved views.
A gleaming, sunlit video with an extremely high production value and cast of performers, “Good News” succeeds at completing several jobs. It is largely political in theme, while remaining a work of gospel music at its heart. It is uplifting, positive and encouraging, and even manages to be somewhat educational.
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.
The “Good News” official video by Taylor James is available online worldwide.
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