Bio

Tim Taylor learned early on that success in the music business is no piece of cake when his first band, the Jitneys, was defeated in the Orono Fair talent contest by two little girls doing a Scottish sword dance. The Jitneys became the Other Half, then Wild Otis, then high school was done. During that time, they were equally comfortable pumping out Ugly Ducklings tunes at a school dance or playing some Buck Owens at Senator Coyle's Country Jamboree in the Bowmanville Town Hall. His late teens saw bands with names like Schoolgirl Crush, Derby and Lifelines, as Jethro Tull and Badfinger covers gradually gave way to The Band, Eagles and increasingly more country influences.

Tim's first professional gig was touring the Ontario bar circuit with the country band, Buckshot. This stint was followed by a time fronting his own band, when he began working with Anita Perras as a duo. Their shared love for the harmonies of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris resulted in three albums (Bought and Paid For, This Is Our Night and Anita and Tim), four CCMA Duo of the Year Awards (1985-88), and numerous tours across Canada as well as shows in Holland, Germany, Belgium, and England. Solo careers overlapped and followed, resulting in Tim's albums Farewell Ave. and Big Plans, and three Juno nominations (always a Juno bridesmaid, never a Juno bride...).

The pursuit of the love of songwriting led to a move to Nashville in the mid-nineties. Two CCMA Song of the year awards (for One Smokey Rose and Ten Million Teardrops) have followed, along with CCMA Independent Song of The Year (She's Getting Serious), and  BCCMA Song of the Year awards (Done You Wrong).

Tim's Cavalcade Of Hits song catalog now numbers well over a thousand titles, including a couple hundred cuts by artists like Gord Bamford, the Road Hammers and many more. Singles by many of Canada's top country artists such as Jason McCoy, Aaron Pritchett, Gil Grand, Steve Fox and Beverley Mahood, The Good Brothers, Thomas Wade, Duane Steele, Jay Semko and many others have all placed on the charts.

New artists like Tenille, J.J Voss, Brett Kissel and Ashley Robertson write with Tim and record his compositions. He continues to work with established Canadian and American co-writers, as well as many of the independents that make the trip to Nashville to develop their writing skills. Songwriting workshops and mentoring play an increasing role thanks to his experience and knowledge of the craft.

Tim calls writing songs for and with others "the best day job in the world" but has recently returned to writing and performing songs as an artist. The result is a renewed interest in live solo performing and the release of the new Music From Big Beige album (his first in twenty years!). The new songs reflect his unique lyric style as well as his love for traditional country and blues music, British Invasion pop, and sixties rhythm and blues. The album is available from Cavalcade Of Hits at
89duke@gmail.com. All the songs may be downloaded for free in the "Music" section of this web sight.