Garth Tay­lor cel­e­brates 20 years in mu­sic

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Arts & entertainment -

SA singer Garth Tay­lor marks 20 years in mu­sic with an in­ti­mate per­for­mance at The Boardwalk Am­phithe­atre on Fri­day, chart­ing his jour­ney from trou­bled child­hood to ac­claimed mu­si­cian.

The con­cert is a show­case of all his big­gest hits, high­light­ing the re­mark­able mo­ments in his ca­reer.

Tay­lor had a start in life which could have bro­ken many, spend­ing his first few years in and out of or­phan­ages and places of safety.

His gui­tar, a pen and pa­per were the only con­stants dur­ing his tur­bu­lent young life, and he used his ex­pe­ri­ences to be­come an ob­server of hu­man­ity.

“I used to be the or­phan dream­ing of be­ing a pop star and hav­ing my photo taken with a fa­mous mu­si­cian. I then got to be­come the mu­si­cian who brought joy and laugh­ter to or­phans, and have them look at me with the same hopes and dreams that I had as a child,” he said.

One of the big­gest high­lights of his ca­reer was per­form­ing for or­phaned chil­dren dur­ing a Christ­mas char­ity drive.

Orig­i­nally from Jo­han­nes­burg, Tay­lor be­came a house­hold name in 1998 with his sin­gle, Why, which topped the SA ra­dio charts for five con­sec­u­tive weeks and is con­sid­ered one of the clas­sics in the SA song book.

This hit was fol­lowed by Only with You, an­other chart top­per which held the po­si­tion for six weeks.

“I want to take my fans on a jour­ney from the very first song I wrote and the in­flu­encers I had at the time of each song.

“I am so grate­ful for the sup­port of my friends and fam­ily and my ded­i­cated fans who have con­tin­ued to sup­port my ca­reer,” Tay­lor says.

He got his first gui­tar at the age of seven and learnt his first song from his mother.

Since then, he has con­tin­ued to cul­ti­vate his raw tal­ent and love of mu­sic.

Com­ing from a long line of mu­si­cal peo­ple, Tay­lor wasn’t in­ter­ested in the con­fines of what con­sti­tuted the “nor­mal” rules of learn­ing.

He taught him­self how to play by touch, by emo­tion, by what felt right.

He has per­formed on stages and at events all around SA as well as treat­ing au­di­ences on in­ter­na­tional stages.

He has opened for Shaggy, Sim­ply Red, Bryan McKnight and Judy Boucher as well as shared the stage with some of SA’s big­gest mu­sic leg­ends.

Many of his other well­known songs still en­joy air­time on lo­cal ra­dio, in­clud­ing If I Gave you My Soul, Home Again, Tonight , and a cover of the coun­try hit, Is­lands in the Stream .

Tay­lor will per­form some of these hits as well as new ma­te­rial in the con­cert.

Tick­ets are R150 at Com­puticket and the con­cert starts at 8pm.

LOOK­ING BACK: Garth Tay­lor charts his ca­reer in con­cert

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