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In The Mood
Dennis TaylorQ: Which music besides soul music do you listen to?
A: I enjoy different degrees of Jazz music - vocal and instrumental.

Q: How do you use the influences from these music styles into your own songs?
A: I think there’s a definite influence when I arrange the background vocals given my love of harmonies.

Q: We know you as a singer, but do you also play musical instruments?
A: I started out when I was a child playing drums, then I played trumpet as well but the rewards were more gratifying when I started to sing so that’s where my commitment continued.

Q: When composing a song, do you consider circumstances under which is will or should be heard?
A: Yes, I do. It’s important to me what is being said in a song. I don’t only want to make you move but to move you with a subject as well.

Q: Who are your favourite classic soul artists?
A: There are several: Teddy Pendergrass, Anita Baker, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Marvin Gaye to name a few…

Q: How do you feel about the use of explicit language in music?
A: I understand that some of the offensive language that we’re hearing is coming from the basis of what the artist has lived and what he or she has experienced which is cool but I think it should be presented in good taste.

Q: Which track of ‘In The Mood’ have you played the most?
A: At this point, I‘d have to say the title track, ‘In The Mood’.

Q: Are there any special projects you would like to do in the future?
A: Yes, I have a few idea’s but I’m not sure where I’ll end up yet but I’ll certainly let you know when I do!…

Q: Which albums get Dennis Taylor in the mood?
A: I’d have to say ‘Sweet Love’ - Anita Baker, ‘Toni Braxton’ - Toni Braxton, ‘The Bodyguard’ - Whitney Houston, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ and ‘Love Deluxe’ - Sade.

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New Jersey-based Dennis Taylor delved into music full-time after a stint with the U.S. Air Force. A hookup with producer Fred McFarlane, facilitated by Robin S. (a mutual friend), got the ball rolling and spawned Taylor's breakthrough CD, Enough Is Enough (Dome Records). Produced by McFarlane and Darryl James, it marries R&B grooves in a contemporary package delivered by Taylor in a baritone that is reminiscent of the great lower registers of yesteryear as well as current heartthrobs Donnell Jones, Uncle Sam, and Will Downing.

Dennis Taylor has just released his third Dome album "In The Mood" last October. The 12-track package is again produced by Taylor’s regular team of Fred McFarlane and Darryl James, who co-wrote most of the songs with him.

Other new songs come from the pen of Rahsaan Patterson and Jamey Jaz, and Brook Richardson, who has previously written material for Luther Vandross. Together with duettist Wincey Terry, Dennis also contributes a fine update of the Sam Dees ballad ‘Am I Dreaming?’, originally a US R&B hit for Atlantic Starr.

In The Mood
Dennis Taylor - In The Mood Track Listing:
1. At The Place
2. Now That I Found You
3. In The Mood
4. Don’t Wanna Give Up
5. Want
6. Can’t Stop Loving You

7. Better Days
8. Sometimes
9. Respect
10. Truly
11. You Said
12. Am I Dreaming
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Dennis Taylor - Unconditional Track Listing:
1. Steppin'
2. It's Over
3. Unconditional
4. Could It Be
5. Do What You Like
6. Fills Me Up

7. Let Me
8. It Had To Be You
9. I'll Never Love This Way Again
10. Lover For Life
11. Without You
12. Feelin' Good
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Enough Is Enough
Dennis Taylor - Enough Is Enough Track Listing:
1. Enough is Enough
2. You Know Just When
3. Bad As You Wanna Be
4. Out of Control
5. Here I Am
6. Angel
7. Love Need and Want You

8. Smile
9. Can We Do It
10. Yesterday
11. Rock U Good
12. Should I
13. Don't Give Up
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Dome Records, Dennis Taylor's Record Label.