ARLINGTON — Jesse Taylor, the country-western singer and songwriter who recently returned to his native Arlington after two years in Hawaii, has been invited to perform for American military members serving overseas.
Taylor will take to the stage to entertain U.S. Navy sailors from USS John C. Stennis and Carrier Strike Group Three during a port call to the United Arab Emirates sometime in March. The carrier and strike group deployed from Bremerton, Wash., in August of last year, and have been operating in the Arabian Gulf since October.
Taylor owes this unique concert opportunity to his time spent working as a wrangler at the Ko’ele Stables on the island of Lanai, which is part of Hawaii, since U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, commander of Carrier Strike Group Three, heard Taylor perform during a visit to the Four Seasons Lodge at Ko’ele last summer.
Taylor began working and singing in Hawaii in August of 2010, but returned to his hometown of Arlington last fall to pursue his music career full-time.
Now 25 years old, Taylor has recorded his debut studio album, “Out Here in the Country,” at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, and is eagerly awaiting its release on March 26, at which time it will be available through Amazon, iTunes and Taylor’s website at www.JesseTaylorMusic.com. The title track is currently available as a single on iTunes and through Taylor’s website.
The public is invited to join Taylor at his album release party on Saturday, March 23, from 4-8 p.m. at the Skookum Brewery in Arlington.