Anyone who has ever seen Livingston Taylor in concert can attest to the fact that he is thoroughly at home on any stage, from a classroom to a music club to a grand concert hall. The second most well-known of the five Taylor children, Livingston was born in Boston and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Taylor parents listened to Broadway show tunes, while their eldest son Alex introduced brothers James, Liv, and Hugh and sister Kate to '50s rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues.
Liv Taylor's musical education began at age 13. "Both Alex and James were influential in my becoming a musician," explains Taylor. "They proved to me you could get paid for playing music. James was my first guitar teacher, though he was kind of reluctant. After a while of my playing something wrong, he would be driven so crazy he would show me how to do it right." After high school, Taylor headed to Boston where his formative years included gigs in coffeehouses, bars, and lounges. Taylor's albums on the Chesky label, Good Friends, Bicycle, and Ink deliver not only some of his best songs, but several pop standards such as "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Isn't She Lovely." In addition to his busy performance schedule, Taylor teaches a Stage Performance course at Boston's Berklee College of Music.