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“Go Amaze” is Taylor Carson’s 6th studio album in 10 years. From humble beginnings in the bars of DC and New York, he has shared stages coast to coast with pop stars like Eric Hutchinson, folk legends like John Hiatt and even President Bill Clinton. His music has been featured in the award-winning documentary, Dog Days, and by The Red Cross. Defending The Name (2010), won an Independent Music Award and broke the Top 100 on iTunes. With Innocence (2013), peaked at #6 on iTunes and features collaborations with Mark Roberge (O.A.R.), Andy Poliakoff (Virginia Coalition) and Stephen Kellogg. So there’s the resume, but who is Taylor Carson?
We can know him through his music: The Taylor Carson on Open Invitation (2005) is a semi-cheeseball lovesick singer, on Tangled In Truth (2007) he is the energetic youth seizing the day, on Standing Alone (2008) he is a contemplative finger-picking crooner, on Defending The Name (2010) he is wrestling with his demons and in With Innocence (2013) he has emerged as a peaceful, hopeful man. 2016’s Go Amaze, peaked at #8 on iTunes, and features a Taylor Carson driven by an optimistic pursuit of joy and tempered by hard-won wisdom.
“Your dreams can’t come true if you don’t choose to follow them” (Shine). The lyrics offer glimpses into the “quarter-life crisis” stage — returning to the roots of family, yearning for opportunity and recognition and choosing how to approach the inevitable challenges of life: “Spending all this time wasting time / Press play, fast-forward, then complain about no rewind” (Wonder). Go Amaze comes to life under the sonic vision of producer Mark Williams along with veteran bandmates Patrick Thornton (bass) and Jamie Watkins (drums) and the music feels like the message:
“We can’t let life pass us by or let our minds get ahead of us
So go amaze, share your grace, give ’em hell, show them what you’re made of” (Shine)