Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Male shows and Legal blondes

Hey, everyone!

Here's what I'm gonna try to do.
Update. At least once a week.
I know I've said it before, so let's try to stick with it this time.
Which means, you're allowed to berate me if you don't see a blog post by Tuesday every week!

Sunday night was a FABULOUS celebration for KJ Karen and myself. Karen won FLAME Magazine's Best Karaoke Host in Detroit, and I won for Best Live Singer! What a great honor for both of us!

Right now, rehearsals are underway for a production of Legally Blonde to be performed in November at the Out of the Box Theatre in Wyandotte. Why, pray tell, am I sharing this information? I'm in it!  I have a few different roles and at least two vocal solos, so come out and see this ENTIRE cast, all of whom are sooooooooo amazing!

There'll be plenty of time to talk about all the amazing things I have coming up (you can look above for confirmed performances), but let's talk about something that's coming up here real quickly.

First, let me say, Jacqueline Frost and the Performers Awards of Detroit have been key in getting male entertainers in ONE spot to perform for the people of Detroit. Since last winter, PAD has done 4 Gentleman's Shows, with several more in the making. Shows that I've been grateful to be a part of along with so many of Detroit's greatest male entertainers.

However, this Sunday, it is male entertainers that are making a show for THEMSELVES. A production of BOI BLUE Productions, with Montelle Blue and Izaya Cole, I will be performing at The Birdcage (formerly known as The Rainbow Room) where I believe showtime is btwn 10 and 11. So, I hope to see you there, if you aren't gracing KJ Karen with your presence at Gigi's.

Meanwhile, (the)fundamentalists are working on new stuff, I'm still planning that second album, and I'm having a blast working on Legally Blonde.

Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Leave them below!

James Taylor, Jr.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Seriously?

Seriously?

Seriously?

I can't believe how long it's been since I wrote on here. The summer was a busy summer. Spent some time in Dayton, OH, and Saginaw, MI, this year, as well as a few fun shows in the Detroit area!

I want to thank EVERYONE at FLAME Magazine and those who voted for naming me one of the Best of Detroit as Best Live Singer. Congratulations to my co-winner, Michael Champagne... and also...

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY DEAR FRIEND:
KJ Karen O'Brien
... for winning BEST KARAOKE HOST!

I don't know a person more greatly deserving of recognition for ALL her work, not just as a KJ, but as an ally in the LGBT Community. She is constantly using karaoke nights to host events that RAISE MONEY and AWARENESS for all sorts of causes (including our very first Music for Martha show back in March)!  So, congratulations, my friend.

Speaking of "Best of Detroit"... this Sunday is a karaoke celebration, with special guest performances, co-hosted by Ms. Jacqueline Frost!  So come out to Gigi's this Sunday at 7pm to celebrate with us!

Other events are coming up quickly, and I'll try to keep up to date on those, as well as new postings.

Lots of love, my friends.
James Taylor, Jr.