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I'm on GERMAN TELEVISION  

Here is a great link sharing our Dennis Jale, TCB Band, Imperials concert tour in Europe for January 2016
 

https://www.otv.de/storage/videos/208528/videos/208528_flash9.mp4 
 

STICK MAN FLIES AGAIN??? 

This should be one of the most dramatic feats of endurance I have attempted in awhile.  Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00,  Renewal Trio will sing in Wilmot, Ohio at the Baptist Church.  This will be an exciting concert afternoon as we share the program with other very talented singers.

Saturday night, GloryWay Quartet is doing a program in East Butler, PA -- Taylor Rental Tenor (aka StickMan) will attempt to fly (low) across the landscape of Ohio and PA to sing for both events.  If possible, will tweet my progress on Facebook and the progress of the trek between concerts.

Can StickMan save the day?  Follow and see!!! #Where'sRoyce


BIG BIG WEEKEND - MAY 2, 3, and 4 

BIG BIG WEEKEND! The Vogues and GloryWay Quartet

Friday Night; The VOGUES, Atlantic City, NJ - Golden Nugget Casino, 9:00pm, This will be another great oldies show, featuring the Vogues along with Jimmy Beaumont and Skyliners, the Toys, the Cookes, Randy and the Rainbows, the Marcels. Relive these memorable songs by the original artists.

Saturday Night: Auxier, KY - Concert with the Spencer's Reunion and GloryWay Quartet.  This special concert event is presented to benefit Autism Awareness.  The Spencer's are uniting for the first time in many years to sing together again.  I will be singing tenor with GWQ to round out the evening.
see this link for details: 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=840608595967763&set=o.262094963961841&type=2&theater

Sunday Morning; GWQ, 10:30AM - Caldwell UMC, CALDWELL,OH
Sunday Night:  Calvary Bible Church, CORTLAND, OH - 6pm

28th Annual Springspiration Concert 

TUESDAY MORNING - APRIL 29 - 10:00 - Pittsfield Community Church, Wellington, OHIO (near Oberlin)

North Central OHIO and surrounding communities check out the poster for details and plan to join me for this concert morning with a salad luncheon to follow.

Phyllis Schindler, Pastor Jonathan Cheatham, and the community invite you to join us for this highly anticipated morning of fellowship, music, and worship.  
Contact: Phyllis Schindler @ 440-647-0347 and plan to enjoy with us.

Making the Best of a Bad situation. 


It was another good weekend with the GloryWay Quartet from Mansfield, Ohio.  As you may know, the GloryWay guys rent me on a regular basis and we are having a ball together.  This weekend was no exception, with some minor exceptions. I’ll explain.

As of this writing, the winter blast continues to cover the USA and is hitting places that rarely see this kind of weather.  There is record snow in many places, particularly the south.  But, that is not the only place.  I heard a report that just a bit more snow here in N.E. Ohio could establish a new record snowfall for the area.

This weekend had its’ own issues with weather as the group had scheduled concerts in Dayton and Mansfield, Ohio. A typical southern gospel music audience is going to have a portion of senior citizens, this is just a fact. The first church knows this and slated the program for a matinee.  However, the weather had swept in with gusto and could discourage many from venturing out for an afternoon concert.  Everyone, including the pastor, was concerned about the weather affecting attendance.  Much to our delight, many chose to brave the elements and come to the church and share the time with us.

Sunday morning greeted us with not only a new overnight accumulation of several inches but abundant snow falling as we made our way from the hotel to the morning church. The Pastor greeted us and we began our set up. Of course, there was concern that many might opt to stay in on this cold snowy morning.  To our delight, the worshippers began to arrive and the staff had prepared its’ usual fare of coffee, juice, and donuts for those coming to fellowship before the service.  Another spirit filled worship service followed as the quartet sang.

Then it's
 off to Mansfield, Ohio for the evening concert.  But here is where the weather took a back seat to the something far more serious.  Can you feel the suspense?  Something more serious that weather?  Did someone eat a bad piece of Popeye’s Chicken?  Did someone eat a bad personal pizza?  Although there was Popeye’s Chicken and a personal pizza along the way, those were not the problem.

Someone (who will remain a nameless tenor) was the last to leave the morning sanctuary with equipment.  However, upon arrival at the church in Mansfield it was discovered that the computer and related items for music track playback was not among the equipment.  HORROR!!! Was it still in Dayton? The answer is likely, Yes!  Was I responsible? Me and 3 other guys. 

With time quickly ticking away and the service bearing down with each moment, a plan to have music to sing was being formulated.  Is there a backup system in place?  Where are tracks that we can access and a way to play them? In a matter of minutes we began to formulate an option and begin to assemble a “go cart” to replace the Cadillac that normally propels the music for the concerts.  With the aid of my personal laptop and a track CD we assembled a playlist and a hand written song list, Jim Copenhaver made a fast trip to radio shack to buy plugs and we patched this frankenstein system into the board.  When introduced, the first track began and so did the anointing of the Holy Spirit to take over and turn what could have been a very tense and robotic program into a wonderful move of God and blessing to all in attendance.

Lesson learned. After all was done, it was also apparent that a genuine back up plan and system will be assembled to put into place should a system failure or any other possible problem arise.  I plan to assemble something myself for those times I’m touring alone. 

I encourage you to consider booking GloryWay Quartet for a service at your church or group.  I am pleased to work with these guys and equally pleased to recommend them to you.

>>>Royce<<<

 

My Tribute to Dad 

On January 1st, 2013 my family and I celebrated the beginning of the new year differently than we had planned. The morning around 3:00 a.m. my Father and No.1 fan peacefully went home to meet his Savior. We were with him at the hospital to cross midnight into the new year. On January 4th We honored the life and my Father, a man who truly touched many lives, as we have witnessed in the past couple of days as so many of these wonderful folks took time to share a moment and memory with us.

Dad embraced life, he knew no strangers, and was fiercely loyal to his God and Savior, his family, his church, and the country that he proudly fought to build, and in recent days, seek to preserve. The house will be quite empty without his random singing as he'd prepare for church on Sunday morning. It will be strange to not see him sitting in his spot at the dining table, reading his newspaper and daily mail deluge.

Perhaps the most difficult moment will be as he is missing from my local concerts; he and my Mom were truly my "number one fans" and supporters across these many years. He so often worked to encourage people to listen to me, passed along my recordings, and sought to have me sing at local events. Maybe I should have made him my agent?

Thank you Dad, for your love and the wonderful life you lived out before us all; the warmth, the wisdom, the unbridled generosity, and a wonderful family values that truly set a solid foundation for our lives. We will miss you on this earth, but our hope is in the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth and the promises that come with it proclaim that we will see you again, unfettered by this "earth suit" that you have now shed to walk with your Savior and others who have gone before. One image shared yesterday; My Dad, Grandpa, and his brother Leon, sitting together again with a hearty bowl of homemade ice cream ... now I am jealous!
 

The Life of Raymond C. Taylor

Raymond C. Taylor, 84, of Columbiana, passed away at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman on January 1 with his family at his bedside. Raymond was born on May 5, 1928 in Greenford, the son of William and Edith (Charlton) Taylor. He was the eldest of nine children.

A graduate of Fairfield Central High School, Raymond joined the Army Air Force in 1946. He served in occupied Japan after WWII as Staff Sargent and later earned the title Air Traffic Controller before being honorably discharged in 1952. On August 16, 1949, Raymond married the former Carol Cullar.

He was a longtime member of Leetonia Mennonite Church and served as lay minister for the former Hope Mennonite Church in Columbiana. He also served as an elder of Leetonia Mennonite Church. Mr. Taylor was an active member of the Columbiana American Legion post #290. He was post commander in 1993 and was the chaplain for many years at this and other posts. He was a lifetime member of the honor guard and presented many flags to widows after military services over the years. He was very proud of his country and would often be called upon to sing the National Anthem at public events. Raymond worked as an operating engineer, working out of Mahoning County local #66 for over 40 years. He specialized in heavy crane operation. He also would work as a Salvation Army bell ringer and was the voice of the Columbiana Street Fair. One of his favorite jobs was as Santa Claus, which he did for over 25 years, for whoever needed a visit from Santa.

Raymond leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife, Carol; a son, Lynn Royce of Nashville, TN; a son, Lyle (Suzanne Picinich) of Youngstown; a daughter, Cindy (Tracy) Schultz of Irmo, SC; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sisters, Lois Sauerwein, Eileen (Donald) Leffel, and Linda Van Dyk, all of Columbiana; a sister, Marilyn (Dallas) Gallagher of Lisbon; a brother, Arlen (Jeanne) of FL; and brothers Randall (Ellen) and Dale(Barbara), both of Columbiana. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Taylor, in 2012.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 3 at Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, and also from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 4 at the Leetonia Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Leetonia Mennonite Church with the Rev. Phil Slabaugh officiating. Interment will be in Columbiana Cemetery. Following the committal service at the Columbiana Cemetery Chapel where a military honor service will be conducted by American Legion Benjamin Firestone Post 290 of Columbiana. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Raymond’s name to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry of St. Patrick’s Church at 167 Main Street, Leetonia OH 44431 or Red Cross Blood Bank. The Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Another Christmas in Vienna, Austria. 

It is almost an annual tradition now. Amazing singer, entertainer, host, Dennis Jale of Vienna, Austria has invited the Elvis' Imperials back to share his annual "Christmas Gospels" concert at the Metropol.  Dennis is one of the finest Elvis tribute artists on the planet and doing so without the aid of the classic jumpsuit, he has proven his success over and over as his popularity and performance expands each year to fill large venues across Europe.  For the forth year, we will share this entertaining Christmas show with Dennis and his cast of extremely talented musicians.  

Christmas in Vienna with its' lavishly decorated central city is a spectacular sight.  I had the opportunity to shop in the part of town that is not the usual tourist destination.  There, I was shopping like a local and enjoying the "Sale Items" just like back home. 

I appreciate this amazing tour and opportunity to sing throughout Europe. I am quite fond of this place with its' warm, friendly, and gracious people.  I'm very pleased to now say that I have many friends from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, the UK, Denmark, and look forward to the follow up concert for the entire month of January.  As the dates are fixed, I will post each on the "Where's Royce" page.  Visit there to see the great dates coming up in the new year for The Vogues, the Elvis' Imperials, Renewal Trio, and other Taylor Rental Tenor programs.  

Also, don't forget I am always available as a solo artist and evengelist.

I hope our paths cross in the near future.
Be Blessed, 
Royce

Todays Jeopardy Answer ... 

The long running Jeopardy TV Game Show is famous for the "Answer in the form of a QUESTION."  If the contestant responds to the clue with anything less that the form of a question, it is not a proper response,

Today's LRT Jeopardy Answer: *Ding, ding, ding - THE DAILY DOUBLE!!!! 

The Elvis' Imperials, The Vogues, Renewal Trio, Lynn Royce Taylor Ministries, Mark Blackwood Quartet, GloryWay Quartet, or a some other singer: (Press your button if you have the correct response)

>>>> 10 seconds >>>>>

What is "Taylor Rent-a-TENOR"  

>>>>>CORRECT>>>>>>

Thank you for indulging some melodrama for fun.  The truth is, I have an agreement with several singing opportunities and God is allowing me to fit the schedule to work with all of them.  Here are the details.

The Elvis' Imperials continue as a priority with our scheduled dates.  The group does primarily Elvis Presley related events, and many of those are outside the United States, going often to Europe. We perform with both the EPE endorsed "Elvis in Concert , big screen show" and tribute artists like Dennis Jale of Vienna, Austria. Dennis is a first class promoter and entertainer.  We have enjoyed working with him all over the European continent.  His tour for January of 2014 is already surpassing the success of the 2013 tour.  Continuing the Grammy and Dove Award, sound, arrangements, and harmony, Darrell Toney and I join Hall of Fame members Joe Mocheo and Terry Blackwood to create the current Imperial configuration.

The Vogues: Beginning in 1991 until 1997, I was the tenor vocalist with this hit charting name.  As you can read in the Music History segments of this site, The Vogues were charting popular vocal hit songs between 1965 and 1972.  Great songs like, "You're the One; Five O'clock World; You are my Special Angel; Turn Around, Look at Me; Magic Town; Land of Milk and Honey; Moments to Remember; Please Mr. Sun; and many, many more.   Bill Burkette the lead singing voice of those many hit songs anchors the voices of Troy Elich and me to form the basic sound of the current Vogues line-up.

Recently, the opportunity has come to join this group once again singing the tenor on those great songs and touring with other great Oldies groups from that era of music and doo wap fame.

Renewal Trio is a terrific mixed gospel group.  Long time friends Donnie and Linda Abraham have invited me to share the platform with them as we sing a variety of music and styles.  Each singer is a soloist in their own rite and when combined together bring a solid strength and harmony that can stand with anyone.  

Donnie Abraham has been singing since he was 4 years old along with his brother Gary.  They were "The Abraham Brothers" and appeared everywhere.  In their teenager years,  their dynamic matured, they added other singers to form a quartet under the Abraham Brothers banner.  Later, Donnie would continue to travel the world as a headliner on cruise ships and stages.

LInda BonGiovanni Abraham grew up a "preachers kid" and she is quick to say ... survived.  Also beginning at a young age, she sang in church but went on to craft her skills as a singer in choirs, musical theater, and solo appearances all over the region.  Linda brings not only her talent as a singer, but her winning personality quickly disarms the "structured personality" of husband Donnie, as we seek to mess with his regularly scheduled program.

One of the unique aspects of Renewal Trio is this simple.  Most mixed vocal groups consisting of two men and a woman utilize their female vocalist as the tenor singer.  However, Renewal with TWO tenor voices, the sound is powerfully unique.

OTHER GROUPS;  When I am available and asked, I have been known to join with other established groups when they need a fill in tenor singer. That's when I become a rent-a-tenor ... 

Quite frankly, I am blessed to have such broad associations and opportunity.  God has opened these many avenues for me to sing; recently The Imperials joined country music star Tanya Tucker as we participated in the memorial service for country music legend, George Jones.  Since returning in March, I've shared the stage with "The Drifters, the Chiffons, The Shades of Blue, Terry Sylvester of the Hollies, Jay Siegel and the Tokens, and there are many more great shows ahead.  I thank God daily, for the opportunity to travel the world and use the gift He has given, meet wonderful friends, and leave the Gospel message along the way.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events.

Be Blessed, Indeed!

 
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