Motown legends from all over the country gathered this week in San Diego to endorse upcoming artist B. Taylor, who was aboard the U.S.S. Midway on Thursday to shoot a music video.
Pete Moore, Claudette Robinson, Martha Reeves and Katherine Schaffner were among those voicing their support as they watched Taylor film his new music video, "One Life to Live." The set included a baby grand piano set among the planes on the flight deck of the ship.
The young artist expressed his appreciation.
"I never thought I'd be honored by the Motown legends," Taylor said. "They're making the movement of passing the torch and bridging the gap to the next generation."
Pete Moore, who sang bass with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, was the real force behind the production. He first met Taylor in their neighborhood when Taylor ran up to Moore's car to give him a demo CD.
"The stuff was sensational," Moore said. "I discovered he played four different instruments. He reminded me of Stevie Wonder because the Miracles discovered Stevie Wonder."
Before beginning his music career, Taylor served in the Navy. He was stationed in San Diego during that time, and he now splits his time between America's Finest City and in Las Vegas.
B. Taylor's military connections helped him to become the first person to shoot a music video aboard the Midway. They have also inspired him to write "The Best of the Best," a song that honors the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Taylor plans to tour with the USO this summer, according to Moore.
"It's wonderful that such a young man is coming out with a new, innovative type of hip-hop," Miracles member Claudette Robinson said. "I see he has good, long training and is applying that training to his life. He seems to be taking the straight road. I think he's someone that can be an inspiration to other young people."
The only other artist endorsed by these classic Motown legends was Michael Jackson, according to an AWI Platinum press release.