Spring River Performing Arts opens its 2006-2007 season Sept. 3 with the gifted guitar artist and pop singer Livingston Taylor. Taylor boasts a 35-year career playing to sellout crowds wherever he performs. A professor at the Berklee College of Music, he teaches a performance course and is also an artist-in-residence at Harvard University. His newest release, "There You Are Again," features his siblings James and Kate Taylor, a duet with Carley Simon and and backing vocals from Vince Gill and Pam Tillis. He opened for Linda Ronstadt in June at The Opera House in Boston, has appeared on CNN and the Hallmark Channel.
Taylor has written most of his music repertoire, including such top 40 hits as "I Will Be in Love With You" and "I'll Come Running," and recorded by his brother James, "I Can Dream of You," "Going Round One More Time," and "Boatman" (off the double Grammy-winning album Hourglass).
He is quoted as being "consistently impressive, tasteful, intelligent with a biting sense of humor and an unrepentant romantic." Livingston is the author of two children's books, Pajamas and Can I Be Good?
Whether he is dedicating the sweet "Best of Friends" to couples, channeling a happy child in Pajamas or recalling his native state in "Carolina Day," Taylor's clear, fluid voice hugs the songs like a comfortable sweater.
In a quote to his students at Berklee, "Success is not money or fame or health or youth or beauty. I believe that success is gratitude when you walk on stage and have a way of saying, 'I'm thankful to be here.'"
Taylor will be performing at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Tickets are $15 each and are available at the door or in advance by calling 257-3137 or 847-0360.