Genre: Pop. Singer-Songwriter
Video: Nothing I Can Do
“If you haven’t yet seen or heard Ben Taylor perform live, you’re in for a real treat. Not only has Ben come up as one of the hottest young singer/songwriters touring today, but he's done it his own way...Gifted, funny, poetic, a master of melody and the understated lyric."
A successful and eclectic independent artist for the past ten years, Ben Taylor has been capturing the hearts of acoustic rock fans everywhere since his debut album Green Dragon, Name a Fox in 2002. His breakout 2003 release “Famous Among the Barns” peaked at No. 31 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart. From there Ben released the critically acclaimed “The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1” which had CNN commenting that the album, “reflects the broad palette of pop” and Blurt Magazine declaring, “For some time now Ben’s been busy carving out a unique niche for himself in the music world.”
Music has always played a central role in Ben's life. His wit and skill as a songwriter and storyteller showcases a gifted artist who is comfortable in both his own skin and with his impressive musical legacy. Ben's latest effort, “Listening,” seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country/western, running the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to multi-layered vocals and fresh beats. The album includes the hit “Oh Brother,” and his cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try”, recently featured on NBC’s The Office. Taylor is continually breaking new boundaries with his music and his latest endeavor has him subtly incorporating live production techniques into his show with his band mate "Beatzy”, opening a vast new palate of sound and rhythm to complement his signature guitar style and soul penetrating voice.
"One of the most exciting breakout artists we've ever had the pleasure to present”
-Payomet Performing Arts Center
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Kerri Powers Bio
Kerri Powers spent most of her early childhood listening to music, reading, painting, and writing stories. One of her favorite things to do was to sit and listen to her mother’s record collection. “I would sit in a wicker rocking chair by the record player and sing along to the songs. I remember hearing John Prine’s, Hello in There for the first time and felt something magical happen; a momentary yet memorable trip to a sad but hopeful place of lonely old faces.” Kerri says listening to songwriters like John Prine, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan were a way for her to overcome shyness.
She learned how to play guitar and wrote her first song at age 9. Years later, she worked up the courage to start performing in local coffeehouses throughout New England, and at that time, fell in love, got married, and had a son. Taking care of family set precedence and emotional support within the marriage wasn’t available for her to realistically pursue her music so Kerri put the frequency of performances on hold to take care of family.
After enduring and overcoming the hardship of divorce, and her son entering adulthood, Kerri says she had no choice but to remain true to herself and her art. She has recently started performing again and has finished recording a self-titled album consisting of 8 self-penned songs as well as a cover of Janis Ian’s, “Jesse,” and The Bee Gee’s, “To Love Somebody.”
“The recording was a last minute decision, an idea to go into Dirt Floor Studios in Connecticut and cut a couple of tracks just to see how it would go.” The result is a beautifully imperfect album; homespun, sparse and understated, showcasing Powers’ intimate and sometimes sassy songwriting.
Kerri has appeared at many prestigious venues and folk festivals including The Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She has toured throughout the United States as well as overseas making appearances in The Netherlands, Belgium, and The UK with Canadian songwriter, Fred Eaglesmith.
Although she still enjoys a quiet and solitary environment for writing and painting, Powers has come a long way from the days of being bashful about performing her songs and music. Kerri’s strong smoky voice and commanding stage presence will seduce you from the moment you hear her music.
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