SINGER-SONGWRITER Garth Taylor will be releasing his new single, Try, in Port Elizabeth this coming Friday when he takes the stage at the Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre.
Try was co-produced by Just Jinjer bass player Denholm Harding.
"We went into the song together and it has made quite a nice variation from my usual music style. I'm really excited about it ... it's a bit more current," Taylor said.
Taylor added that he had really enjoyed recording the new single which he says has a somewhat sing-along vibe to it. "If people are expecting a love song from me, it's definitely what they are going to get from this one."
The musician who first broke out on to the South African music scene in 1998 with his single, Why, is excited to perform in Port Elizabeth.
"People are guaranteed to have a good time – no matter what type of music you like," he said.
Opening for Taylor will be the Bay's very own Edward Allen, who reached the Top 32 in SA Idols.
The one-night show will feature some of the Johannesburg-born musician's classic hits such as Only with You as well as other songs still heard on radio today, including If I Gave you my Soul, Home Again, Tonight and a cover version of the smash country hit Islands in the Stream.
He will also be performing some of his more current material as well as slipping in a few songs from artists who have influenced his musical career over the years.
"I am pretty much an up close and personal type of performer – I don't just jump up and sing my songs. I try to get involved with people in the audience," he said.
According to Taylor, he has been interested in music from a very young age. He even has a picture of himself on his eighth birthday party with a cake in the shape of a guitar.
Growing up, the young musician listened to his parents' music which included Lionel Ritchie, Luther Vandross and The Temptations.
As he got older Taylor developed his own taste in music. On the guitar front he has mainly been influenced by John Mayer.
He added musicians like Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder who fall more on the side of singer-songwriters than of pop-stars, have shaped his music.
Taylor is planning on realising a six-track EP with Harding. It will include Try which is expected to be on iTunes by next month and five other songs along with that.
While most of the songs will have a "Garth Taylor vibe", the duo is planning a track with a dance element to it.
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