Taylor Carson Locally Based national touring artist.In 2010, Taylor released Defending The Name — a 16 song autobiographical epic that brought his skeletons into public view and established him as an artist to watch. Defending The Name won an INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD and garnered praise from press, “a modern-day masterpiece” (Inner Ear Media), and artists alike, “it stands out from the crowd, just as Taylor always has” (Pat McGee). In its support, Taylor shared stages with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, John Hiatt, Virginia Coalition, Edwin McCain and Eric Hutchinson. The four-year arc of that record (2.5 years in the making, 1.5 years on tour) was cathartic — Taylor began the record in a dark place and emerged poised to put pen to paper for a new chapter in his life.TAYLOR CARSON’s fifth studio album in 8 years, WITH INNOCENCE, captures the sense of wonder and hope we all knew as children. It is infused with the optimism of dreams into everyday challenges and finds, with insightful observation, the good in the world around us. This summer soundtrack cleans the muddied lens and inspires the hibernating to awake and greet a new day. On the eve of its release, Taylor shared the stage with President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen in Washington, D.C. in support of The Millennium Network.