Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Seth Taylor was introduced to music at a very young age. Seth began playing guitar at age 3, and moved on to learning banjo and other stringed instruments by age 8. Competitions became a big part of Seth’s musical adventure; he won 14 awards in just 5 short years. Winning Merlefest in 2008 was Seth’s biggest accomplishment in competing.
Seth began playing in local bluegrass bands when he was just 12 years of age, and by age 15 he was touring with professional bluegrass/gospel band Pine Mountain Railroad. Seth has gained a wealth of stage experience and has really opened up as an artist and performer over the past 4 years. Now at age 18, Seth has had quite the career in acoustic music; he has shared the stage with many country and bluegrass artists including Charlie Daniels, Brad Paisley, Blue Highway, Tracy Byrd, The Josh Williams Band, Marty Raybon and in October of 2011 made his first Grand Ole Opry walk-on appearance with Opry veterans Mountain Heart, in what turned out to be an “un-official” audition of sorts.
In the summer of 2010 Seth and some friends formed the acoustic band Monroeville. The fan following Monroeville received in such a short time, even before they had music released, showed that the band would be an act to watch in the future. Seth had the honor of working with Grammy winning engineer David Hall and his now band mate Grammy nominated producer Jim VanCleve on Monroeville’s debut album. The album featured the instrumental track “Passive Aggressive” written by Seth and VanCleve, which shows some of what Seth can do as a writer and musician.
Seth always admired Mountain Heart and finally got the call to join the band in December of 2011. This multi-talented, gifted young musician has quickly made a name for himself in bluegrass and acoustic music and Mountain Heart is thrilled to have him join this stellar line-up and contribute his many talents.