Entertainment journalist Chuck Taylor served as a writer, editor and critic for Billboard magazine in New York for more than a dozen years, where his roles included Senior Editor/Talent, Senior Writer, Radio Editor, AirWaves columnist and Single Reviews Editor. In addition, he co-launched and hosted the Billboard Radio weekly online countdown from 1998 to 2006. The show was scripted by legendary Billboard veteran and author Fred Bronson.
For Billboard, Taylor has written profiles on such artists as Celine Dion (seven page 1 stories), Britney Spears, Elton John, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Barry White and many more. In all, he has interviewed more than 1,000 entertainers and music executives. He also penned liner notes for Jive Records’ “N Sync's Greatest Hits,” and Celine Dion’s “These Are Special Times” and “A New Day Has Come” for Sony.
Taylor has been interviewed on an array of music and pop culture topics on ABC's “20/20,” “CBS Evening News,” CNN, VH1's “Behind the Music,” MTV, A&E's Biography," Fuse News and E!; and has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, TV Guide, People, Entertainment Weekly and numerous others.
He is a voting member of NARAS (the Grammy Awards) and a published songwriter for Young Pals Music/BMI. Taylor has also co-authored full-length memoirs with Liz Derringer, the "rock wife" of musician Rick Derringer and an acclaimed music writer for such publications as Interview, Oui and High Times; and with singer/songwriter Tinatin Japaridze, whose Eurovision entry “Is It True," was voted the global competition’s Best Song Ever. Both book projects are aligned with literary agencies, with pending book publishing deals.
Other broadcasting experience includes an on-air stint at country WWOD-AM and adult contemporary WKZZ-FM in Lynchburg Va., his hometown, as well as voiceover work for commercials, theater and musical recordings.
Taylor graduated with honors from James Madison University (journalism & speech/English), then lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for 11 years, including journalism jobs at the Washington Business Journal and Radio World. After calling New York City home for nearly two decades, he now lives in Hampton Roads, Va.
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