Neil Taylor is a British born guitarist who grew up in Bristol. As a teenager, he played in local bands before joining "Neon", featuring Curt Smith (Tears For Fears), Pete Byrne (Naked Eyes) and Rob Fisher (Climie/Fisher). He went on to form "Violent Blue" with bassist Charlie Jones (Page/Plant), later releasing the album "You Gotta Stay Young" with Magnet Records.
During this period Neil played guitar with Tears For Fears on the album 'Songs From The Big Chair', featuring the famous guitar solo on "Everybody Wants To Rule The World". Neil’s involvement with Tears For Fears was long lasting, seeing him play on two world tours and the band's third album "The Seeds Of Love".
During his career he has recorded and toured with: Robbie Williams, Chris de Burgh, Natalie Imbruglia, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Morrissey, Tina Turner, The Pretenders, Trevor Horn, Van Morrison, Holly Johnson, Paul Young, Climie Fisher to name a few.
In 2001, Neil was asked to play guitar on Robbie Williams’s album "Sing While You're Winning". He was then asked back to play on Rob's album "Escapology" and in 2003 he finally joined the Robbie Williams band and has toured the world several times.
Neil started working on his solo career as an artist in 2010 and has written all his albums to date with songwriter Steve Torch (who works for artists such as Cher [Believe]; Kylie Minogue and Hall & Oates. In 2011, Neil released his first album “NO SELF CONTROL”. The first single ‘Walk Away’ received a great response from radio stations in Germany & the UK.
In 2013, Earcatcher Records released Neil’s CD "NO GOD LIKE ROCK 'N' ROLL" - an epic classic, offering a heavier sound than on his previous record.
2015 saw the release of another acoustic album ‘SILVERWING’. A half live and half studio album which picked up a lot of airplay in the UK. Neil says. “To me this was an album just for my fans. It was a very enjoyable experience as the pressure was off not having to write hits, but of course with Steve Torch writing it with me, there were some great tunes that had hit potential. These will go on THE BEST OF album ha ha’.
Neil has opened for Midge Ure, Chris de Burgh and Joan Armatrading. He has performed more than 200 band & solo shows in the past three years, mainly in Europe. He is currently recording his 5th album, which is being recorded with his band - Gwenael Damman on bass & Chuck Sabo on drums.
In 2014, Neil with his band was asked to play in the Ukraine on New Years to 500,000 people. The show was televised live throughout Europe. Six months later he went to headline at the Woodstock Festival.