Kit Taylor is a Professional Pianist, Singer, & DJ presently based in the NW.
He currently teaches 10+ Piano and Composition students, performs and DJ's at various Weddings and Events, directs and accompanies at several different Churches and Parishes, and performs regularly at venues such as the Portland City Grill (formerly Atwaters), Jimmy Mak's, and the historic and legendary Benson Hotel.
Currently Kit is working on his debut Soul/Fusion Record with Award-Winning Engineer/Producer Bob Stark (Esperanza Spalding, Everclear). The album will feature some of the worlds finest musicians, and is due out within the next couple years.
Kit is currently studying Voice under the reclusive but legendary Tom Blaylock. Other Mentors, Teachers, and College Classmates include some of the finest Musicians in the world; including Darrel Grant, Lonnie Cline, Paul Creighton, Jarrod Lawson, Jed Wilson, Dan Gaynor, George Mitchell, Tim Ellis, Paul Mazzio, Mark Jeleniewski, Jim Fisher, John Fresk, Gus Pappelis, and many more.
As mentioned above, Kit is also a very highly respected member of the Church Music Community. He has worked as Director Of Music at both his home church, St. Stephen Lutheran in Gladstone, and at one of the busiest and most prestigious Catholic Parishes in Oregon, The Madeleine (St. Mary Magdelene). Kit plays regularly at the largest Parish in Oregon, St. Mary's Cathedral, and accompanies at Parishes such as St. Thomas More, Resurrection Parish, the legendary Sacred Heart Parish, Our Lady Of the Lake, and many others.
Over the years Kit has experienced the highs and lows of the Music Scene. With his band Intervision Kit won 'Best R&B Song' in the International Independent Music Awards for the song “Live Out Loud”. The band also graced the front page of the Oregonian among many other popular publications; toured with acts such as Lifehouse, The Neville Brothers, and Cherry Poppin' Daddies; and sold out venues such as the Aladdin Theater and world-famous Jazz Venue Jimmy Mak's on multiple occasions. The band came very close to signing a Recording Contract with either Blue Note or Verve Music Group, but things ultimately didn't work out as the band split due to philosophical differences. Immediately following the breakup in 2010, Kit recorded his first Solo Piano Record, “Evolution” with the above mentioned Producer Bob Stark, who also Produced all three Intervision albums. Within a week of it's release, the lead single, “Evolution”, was featured in a Promo Video for one of the Worlds leading Sound Companies, Audix.
In 2012 Kit joined the Rock/Americana group Safire. The band was founded by Steve Killen, who was fresh off touring with “America's first Internet star” Geoff Byrd, and joining Hall & Oates, Live, and Blessed Union Of Souls on the road. Safire released their debut album, “Crashing Tiles” to critical acclaim at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, and continued to tour to large audiences for a two year period until the band gradually began to go their separate ways. During his time with Safire though, Kit got to release his Rock/Fusion Single, “Half A Man”. Should the band have stayed together, it would have been featured on their Sophomore Record.
In 2013 Kit joined legendary Cellist Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Amy Lee, Phillip Phillips) and the Pendulum Aerial Arts Dance Troupe for a large event at the McDonald Theatre in Salem, OR. Following the event Kit was recommended for an audition with International Rock Opera Group Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This process is still in flux. That same year Kit toured with the band King Clifton, opening for Platinum Act AWOLNation (“Sail”) at venues in Eugene, Chico, Sacramento, and Seattle. Soon after, Kit released his first Pop Single, “When We Were Young”, again produced by Stark. It was called “right on point in todays Top 40 Market” by Taxi.Com, the World's Leading Independent Music Placement Agency.
Other Artists and Producers Kit has worked with include Genevieve Bellemare (Verve Music Group), Justin Hopkins and Vicci Martinez (NBC's “The Voice”, Steve Sundholm (Ke$ha, Jim Brickman), and Photographers Craig Mitchelldyer (Portland Timbers, Trailblazers, Sports Illustrated) and David Bergman (Obama, Bon Jovi, Sports Illustrated).
“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Emerson
Kit Taylor (Piano / Keyboard / Vocal / DJ)