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The Interview

BC = Blues Critic

FT = Floyd Taylor

BC: First of all, congratulations. Thousands voted and they chose you.

FT: Man, you just made my day. I really appreciate it.

BC: You almost won four categories!

FT: That is such good news. I really appreciate all the support fans give me.

BC: Firstly, and to get it out of the way, folks want to know about the Johnnie Taylor connection. How do you overcome possibly being in the shadow of your father?

FT: Well, you know I feel very blessed. People always tell me I sound like him and I take it as a compliment naturally. I don't mind at all but I also got to have my own identity, you know? It's hard because my father was such a legend but I feel honored.

BC: Do you feel you sound like your Father?

FT: (laughs) I guess so I'm just doing my thang, you know? I'm a young man struggling to make it. But that's the best compliment. The good Lord's been real good to me so I'm just grateful..

BC: After listening to you I'm wondering what took you so long to record?

FT: Couldn't nobody see me until the good Lord took my father. Believe it or not. It took years for me to get noticed. My father even took me down to the record label and they were like, "We already have Johnnie Taylor, why we need you?" But then when the good Lord took my father doors opened up to me. It's ironic.

BC: I imagine with your first record "Legacy" the Malaco folks wanted you to do a JT-type record?

FT: Yes and no. On the new one we did "I Got To Love Somebody's Baby" as a tribute to my father. But we just doing the music we want to do.

BC: Are you more into the mainstream R & B than what we call "Southern Soul"?

FT: It's all R & B, you know? I like mainstream R & B more probably. R. Kelly's a trendsetter and I really like him. Southern Soul is sorta like straight up R & B but they needed another name for it because they needed a place to put hip hop and that's mainstream.

Floyd Taylor "No Doubt" (Malaco)

BC: What did you think of "Baby I've Changed" when they brought it to you?

FT: I had been telling Rich (Cason) I wanted to do something in that R. Kelly flavor and when he gave me that song, "Baby I've Changed" I knew we had something.

BC"We're Going Out On The Town" sounds like more typical Malaco sounds.

FT: Yeah, Wolf (Stephenson) did that one.

BC: Do you prefer to sing slow, sexy songs?

FT: I don't consider myself the greatest ballad singer. I'm not Brian McKnight or Peabo Bryson but, sure, I like to sing for the ladies.

BC: Are you working on anything new right now?

FT: Yeah, right now we're just gathering songs and we'll be putting another record out.

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