Russell Taylor, the Soul of The Souled Out Band
Russell Taylor joined SOB in 2006. His addition had an immediate impact on who we are, how we do it, and how good we expect it to be. Russell was a dear friend and while we miss him terribly, he continues to bless us by simply having spent time with us, and leading us to Allen "Turk" Burke. We love you Russell.
A memorial church service was held for Russell on Saturday, July 21st at 2:00pm. First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church is located at 4701 N. Central Ave, Indianapolis, in 46205.
Russell Taylor, Lead Vocals and Percussion
Russell began performing professionally at the age of 15. Russell became one of the most sought after studio vocalists in the Indianapolis area. Having recorded over 150 commercials for such companies as Budweiser, McDonald's, Toyota, Mickey's Malt Liquor, ATA Airlines as well as many others, he had also starred in TV commercials and corporate training videos.
With such an extensive professional musical background, Russell had recorded projects with artists that include The Coasters, The Shirrells, Turley Richards, Peddlar with the release of the album "Street Corner Stuff", Fingers, Fresh, LA Jazz, Chicago Drums Unlimited, Chaser, and Duke Tomato with major record companies including United Artists, Chi-Sound Records, Atlantic & Alligator Records as well as opening for artists including Ramsey Lewis, The Four Tops, The Rippington's, and Lee Ritenour.
As a vocal professional in and around the Indianapolis area, Russell had been collaborating and recording with a wide range of bands and artists that included; Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame guitarist Bill Lancton, Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame Vocalist Mary Moss, and Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame Violinist Kathy Morris, Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame Pianist Steve Allee, the Walking Catfish, Dave Bennett, renowned jazz pianist Carl Hinds, and former musical director for the world famous "Spinner's", Allen "Turk" Burke.
Russell had the opportunity to perform at venues that include the Hilbert Theater, Clowes Hall, The Indiana Roof Ball Room, The Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Zoo and Chicago Fest at Solider field for a crowd of 80,000+.
Russell spent his spare time with the love of his life Karen and their animals. He had also served as Music Director of First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church's "AliveTime Worship Service" for the past 11 years. By day, Russell was a Head Golf Professional in Indianapolis.