Livingston Taylor

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Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances.

Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule, touring internationally. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.

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 consistently voted the most popular at the College. His high-selling book, Stage Performance, released in 2011 offers those lessons to anyone who is interested in elevating their presentation standards to professional standards.

Livingston's 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 "Livingston Taylor Day". A documentary film entitled "Livingston Taylor: Life is Good" is being released in 2018.

First Annual Livingston Taylor Retreat!

August 17-19 @ Boston University

First Annual Livingston Taylor Retreat
Join us for Livingston Taylor's 2018 Retreat!

August 17-19, 2018 @ Boston University

Click here and fill out the form to register!

“Greetings, I’ve assembled an amazing crew to take your playing, songwriting, and performance skills to their highest level ever. We’re meeting at the best time of the year to visit Boston (college kids gone, traffic tolerable, and weather perfect). Fun and informative, this will be a wonderful event. Can’t wait to see you there.”
- Liv Taylor

We are excited to announce that Livingston will be hosting his First Annual Livingston Taylor Retreat on the Boston University campus.

After touring for over 50 years, teaching "Stage Performance" for 30 years at Berklee College of Music, and critiquing over 10,000 performances, Livingston is thrilled to be hosting his first ever retreat to bring his vast knowledge and and a skilled team to you! This retreat is perfect for new and established artists and performers alike.

For the first time since Livingston began teaching at Berklee 30 years ago, Liv, one of the top educations on stage craft, performance, and public speaking, will be hosting this retreat to bring his expertise beyond his Berklee students.

Livingston and his world class team of instructors will concentrate on songwriting, singing, speaking, and confident, fear-free presentations. This will result in a dramatic improvement of the stage experience for both you and your audience. Other topics will include growing a career, promotion, booking, marketing and Music business 101 by experts.

Special guest instructors include Vance Gilbert (nationally touring musician), Melissa Ferrick (Berklee College of Music Songwriting Department / nationally touring musician), Matt Smith (GM of Club Passim / President of the International Folk Alliance), Ralph Jaccodine (Liv's manager, Berklee College of Music professor), and Brittany Bethune (GM of Ralph Jaccodine Management). The retreat begins the evening on Friday, August 17 and runs through the afternoon of Sunday, August 19, with action-packed days of workshops and masterclasses.

Here's what's included:

  • Access to all workshops, master classes, and group activites on stage performance, songwriting, growing a career, music business 101, and more.
  • 2 nights of lodging in a private bedroom, two-bathroom, modern BU quad dormitory with shared living room space.
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), snacks, coffee, etc.
  • Spectacular views of Boston in BU's high end dormitory overlooking the Charles River.
  • Access to BU's spectacular fitness and recreational facilities, as well as parking are available to those attending for a small fee.

We also have a commuter rate available for Boston-area locals who want to attend the retreat. Easily accessible by public transportation.

In additional, parking and access to BU's spectacular recreational facilities and gymnasiam are available to those attending our event for a small fee.