Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen. Who knew that this would signal the beginning of a career that has spanned over forty years and that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching.
Born in Boston in 1950, Livingston grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina—the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. At sixteen, Livingston moved back to Boston where he finished high school and began performing in the Boston coffeehouse circuit. At eighteen, he met legendary producer Jon Landau, who later produced Livingston’s first recording for Atlantic Records when he was nineteen. That first record initiated a creative output that has filled multiple recordings since. Livingston has written most of his music repertoire, including Top Forty hits “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” (all on the double Grammy-winning album Hourglass).
Since those early coffeehouse days, Livingston has never stopped performing, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Fleetwood Mac, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Jethro Tull. He also maintains a busy concert schedule on his own, performing an average of 80 shows a year that mostly include his own music, with an occasional cover of folk, rock, a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway. The depth of Livingston’s musical knowledge is belied by his relaxed and comedic onstage presence.
Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989. He teaches young artists invaluable lessons learned over the course of an extensive career on the road. The course is one of the most popular at the College, spawning a sequel, Stage Performance II.