MEET SHAWN TAYLOR

Shawn Taylor, is a phenomenal singer and songwriter from a rich lineage of musical legends including funk-man Rick James, Opera singer Jessie Norman and gospel music pioneer Lonnie Norman.

The Younger Years

Like most singers Shawn’s start was in the church, but it was his kindergarten teacher that first noticed his natural ability to sing. Because of his teacher, his parents decided to admit Shawn into the LAUSD Gifted & Exchange Program where he received four years of formal training in vocal performance, drama and theatre (1993-1997). If it weren’t for this training, he doesn’t believe he’d have the love and passion for music and performing arts that he has right now.

High School

In 1999, Shawn’s dad introduced him to Douglas Anderson School of the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, FL. A vocal performance major, he was introduced to music theory and received formal training in vocal performance. He then transferred and became a part of the music department at Englewood High School (2000). While there, he decided to join The Ritz Voices, a local all-city youth choir under the leadership of Deborah McDuffie (2002). Because of this experience, Shawn had the opportunity to sing behind artists such as Barry Manilow, John Secada, Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley and Damaris Carbaugh. In summer of 2003, Shawn and The Ritz Voices competed in the McDonald’s Gospelfest and performed in an Ashford & Simpson Tribute Show, both of which were held in New York, New York. Furthermore, Shawn competed as a finalist in the NAACP ACT-So competition, held in Miami, FL which he ranked top 10 out of almost 90 contestants.

College

Starting out as a Vocal Performance major, Shawn’s college career was pretty awesome in that he obtained a music scholarship at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2003). Proudly, he became a member of the Tour Choir, which as a freshman was not an easy feat. During the same year, he was cast as an ensemble member in the Broadway musical “Ragtime”, which was produced by and held at the University of Alabama.

In summer of 2005, Shawn and the Stillman Tour Choir participated in the Schorndorf/Tuscaloosa Sister Cities Commission International Tour. For fun, he became a lead singer of a local band Vice Ver Soul which was founded by musicians and singers from Stillman (Spring 2006).

Post College

Since college, Shawn’s music career has been progressive and busy. Hired as a Vocal Coach and Cast Member for BACE Productions’ annual tribute show: Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue, held at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, Texas. Shawn has performed for over 45,000 people on “the hill” (2012-2014). During this time, he met Tanika Keys & Ron Johnson, and they formed Six Minutes ‘til Sunrise, a very talented vocal group.  As a lead singer of the group, they’ve performed at many notable events throughout the greater Houston area.

In October of 2014, Shawn graciously accepted the invitation to sing background for soul sensation, Jarrod Lawson at a showcase at Indigo Midtown.  Furthermore he was selected as a Top 20 Contest of the McDonald’s and Cumulus Broadcasting Sound Off Official competition, in which he was in the running for $50K and an all-expense paid trip to NBC’s The Voice (March 2015). Shawn is featured on the “Laura Mvula Chopped” album, which was produced by Kay & Luke of The Foundation and released in December of 2014.  In addition, his songwriting can be heard and felt on Six Minutes ‘til Sunrise’s origial music.