The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King – A Celebration.
They’ve seen fire and rain, and felt the earth move. Together, they helped to define the songbook of ‘70s America. Now the timeless music of these two troubadours comes to life.
They are two of the biggest selling artists of all time, with careers spanning over five decades. Their songs have a special place in music history, serving as the soundtrack for a generation of listeners. Experience a superb salute to the music of legendary singer/songwriters JAMES TAYLOR and CAROLE KING - along with a selection of classic ‘70s hits from artists such as Crosby Stills Nash, Carly Simon and more - when The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King – A Celebration comes to the Canberra Southern Cross Club.
The 7 piece band features award-winning singers and musicians who have performed to packed houses around Australia and overseas, and together they faithfully reproduce these timeless songs with immaculate harmonies and the highest level of musicianship
Classic hits such as Fire and Rain, How Sweet It Is, It’s Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move and You’ve Got a Friend are interspersed with other 70s hits such as Summer Breeze, Running On Empty, Woodstock and Heart of Gold. Regardless of your musical touchstones, if you’re a lover of enduring song writing, you won’t want to miss The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King – A Celebration.
Timo Tolvanen (lead vocals and guitar)
This is the second time that Timo has played the role of James Taylor in a major production. The previous production played to packed houses and glowing reviews for 2 years (2010/2011). His smooth vocals and intricate finger picking style are well suited to the songs of this iconic singer/songwriter.
Timo has vast experience in the music industry as a singer/guitarist and songwriter. He was signed initially with Essex Music and then Warner/Chappell for many years. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio. Timo has also worked regularly as a session musician and a singer. He has also produced several albums. He has recently been commissioned to produce a futuristic rock musical.
Timo is also a highly respected luthier. His guitars are played by some of Australia’s best guitarists. Of course, Tolvanen guitars are used in this show!
Lauren Roby (lead vocals)
Lauren is a highly respected vocalist who also featured in the initial production of the James Taylor show. She is in demand as a session singer and has sung on numerous recordings. She has considerable experience with live stage performances including appearances in numerous musicals. Lauren’s pitch-perfect lead vocals are beautifully suited to the songs of Carole King and her harmonies add another dimension to the show.
Rob Bunt (guitar and vocals)
Rob is an outstanding guitarist who is in demand as a session musician. He has played on numerous recordings and toured in live shows for many years. Rob's ability to arrange harmonies is a vital part of the show. Timo and Rob have had top 10 chart success with their band Strum, made numerous TV appearances including hosting their own TV show (Overland) and have been nominated for numerous awards winning the inaugural TIARA for Best Band. They have also been signed to both major and independent labels as artists and songwriters. Currently, five of their songs have been shortlisted in the US for inclusion in major movies and documentaries.