T.J. Hooker Taylor
Some of the members of that band went on to become the group LOW-KEY, which got signed by top R & B producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. .
At The age of 21 TJ's young voice started to change. "I could hear that (Taylor Sound) I had never tried to sound like my dad I didn't even like the Blues . But on my 25th Birthday I was given a chance to open for my Dad and get paid, " says Hooker-Taylor . "That's when the Blues hit me".
Unapologetically proud of his lineage, Hooker-Taylor has released CDs independently with that Johnnie Taylor sound, albeit with mostly new, original songs. His most recent, "The Total Package", featured the hit song "Player Haters".
CDS Records signed JT Hooker-Taylor and released two albums on him (2009's "Your Babies Ned A Daddy" and 2012's "Taylorized". In 2015 Taylor began performing with local Gospel group The KC Clouds.
"2nd Generation" (Hooked Up 2005)
1. Mama Didn't Raise No Fool
"The Total Package" (Hooked Up 2007)
1. Take My Blues to the Dance Floor
**1/2 The Johnnie Taylor legacy continues (sorta) with a third son of the great one releasing his own take on Soul Blues (other than Floyd Taylor and Johnnie Taylor Jr.). And yes you can definitely hear a 'lil papa in T.J. Hooker Taylor's voice, especially on the "Disco Lady" pastiche "Take My Blues To The Dance Floor", "Heaven's Baby" and the best cut here, "Player Haters". The disc doesn't quite get a "good" rating due to a few bum tracks like the "Soul Heaven"-rip "Keep On Rockin Johnnie Taylor", thinly-produced "Player Call" and "Made A Wrong Turn" and the one minute a capella "Love Is The Answer", which also shows the warts in T.J.'s phrasing. With these among a mere 9 selections makes this unsatisfying. Still methinks we'll hear from T.J. again. The point: 3 good tracks.
"Your Babies Need A Daddy" (CDS 2009)
1. You're Like Sugar
"Taylorized" (Aviara Music 2012)
"Greatest Hits" (Music Access 2015)
1. Got To Get My Money Right
"Bloodlines" (Hooked Up 2016)
1 In the Rinse
"Here Comes The Son" (Hooked Up 2020)
1. Let's Stay Together