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About Ben Taylor

As the child of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the world, but it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer. It would be too easy and practically the normal thing to do, so he opted to ignore his brilliant genes and move on.

Taylor was raised in Manhattan and Martha Vineyard and spent time in various private schools before leaving them behind in ninth grade. By then he'd taught himself how to play guitar, but traveling the world and connecting with nature was Taylor's trye passion. Still, he had his hand in a few musical makings. Before he turned 20, Taylor's cover of the Beatles' "I Will" landed on the soundtrack to a domestic comedy featuring Paul Reiser, Bye Bye, Love. He eventually recorded an album for Epic's label, The Work Group, but it folded shortly after Taylor inked his contract.

A trip to the Caribbean gave Taylor the push he'd been wanting for so long. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a mindful of songs, Taylor shaped himself into the natural singer/songwriter his parents knew that he would eventually become. The younger Taylor says he used to try hard not to sound like his famous father, with a rough-edge sound he called "neo-psychedelic-folk-funk." But over time, Taylor realized that he was more comfortable following in his parents' musical footsteps. Now, he says, to be compared to them is an "incredible compliment."

ABOUT SHANEE PINK

Shanee Pink, lead singer of Pink & Noseworthy (a dreamy folk trio from Los Angeles) is now using her haunting, yet velvety voice for her new self-titled solo project in New York City. One can hear the city's influence on her writing and in her live performance; she ranges from soft and dreamy to wild and carnal, beating on her electric guitar with just a drummer to support her. It is a fun play between folk, pop, rock, and electronic music.
SHANEE's EP is expected to be released on itunes in the spring of 2012


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