Todd Taylor
Todd Taylor

Todd "Banjoman" Taylor first fell in love with the banjo at just six years old. While on a family trip to Walt Disney World, he became mesmerized by a banjo player at the park. He pleaded for and received his very own banjo the following Christmas, kicking off a music career that now spans over three decades. Todd may be best known for using his unique style to elevate the banjo beyond the confines of bluegrass to build a bridge into all genres of music, especially rock 'n' roll. In the 80's, he became the first solo banjo musician to be featured on an internationally-syndicated radio program (Rick Dees Weekly Top 40) for his groundbreaking arrangement and performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird."

Although Todd has donated his time to various charities during his career, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has a special place in his heart. In his twenties, Todd became increasingly ill and almost lost his life. Extensive testing revealed he had inherited a mitochondrial disease, and despite his doctor's prognosis, Todd was determined to recover.

In 2007, Todd was the first to set the Guinness World Record for Fastest Banjo by performing both parts of "Dueling Banjos" at a blistering 210 beats per minute. He dedicated his record to everyone fighting to overcome a disease or obstacle in their life, and continues to encourage others who may be struggling about the power of a positive attitude.

2011 produced Todd's rock 'n' blues tablature book, Pickin' Over the Speed Limit, and a feature in the documentary Breaking and Entering, highlighting his Guinness World Record achievement. He has earned dozens of Grammy nominations over the past decade in multiple categories, from original song composition to producing. Todd's eighth CD, Indescribable, earned six Grammy nominations -- most of them attributed to his performance of "Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major."

In 2012, Governor Nikki Haley presented Todd with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in South Carolina, for his inspiring personal example and musical contribution to his home state. Todd says, "My life has been blessed in so many ways, and I have no plans to stop sharing the gift God has given me."

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