Taylor Brings 18th Christmas Show to Town

Twenty years ago, B.E. Taylor sat down with a guitar and concocted his own version of the Christmas classic, “Silent Night.”

In the two decades and four albums since, Taylor has become the voice of Christmas to thousands in the area, spending each December touring the country with his versions of holiday favorites.

For the 18th year, Taylor, his band and a slew of special guests will make a stop in Wheeling on Tuesday at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Taylor promises to close out the 18th year of the tour in grand fashion, featuring students from Wheeling Park and John Marshall high schools’ drum line and steel drum band, as well as students from Triadelphia Middle School’s choir.

The Aliquippa Church in the Round Gospel Choir from Taylor’s hometown of Aliquippa, Pa., also will make a special appearance.

In addition to the special guests, Taylor will be joined by friends and fellow musicians once again, including Rick Witkowski, guitar; B.C. Taylor, drums; Jamie Peck, keyboard and sax; Jeff Jimerson, vocals; Hermie Granati, vocals; Ryan Gleason, bass; Herb Schweitzer, keyboard and strings; and Steve Schuffert, guitar.

The show marks the 20th anniversary of “B.E. Taylor Christmas,” the album that started it all. Featuring fan-favorite hits such as “Joy to the World,” “We Three Kings,” “Mary’s Boy Child,” “O Holy Night,” and “Silent Night,” the album was an instant hit.

As “B.E. Taylor Christmas” began receiving radio play across the country, Taylor decided to play a one-time Christmas show in 1996. He rented a small hall in Wheeling and played his versions of the Christmas classics. Since then, the show has grown in a big way, now reaching more than 40,000 fans in the month of December.

In 2000, Taylor released “B.E. Taylor Christmas 2,” adding more classic songs and incorporating his own work, including the fan-favorite “Feel the Love of Christmas.” He decided to bring the magic of the live show to homes across the world in 2010, recording “B.E. Taylor Christmas: Live at Heinz Hall” as DVD with companion album. That show has since played on PBS stations across the country, bringing Taylor’s blend of Christmas music to thousands of new homes.

In 2012, Taylor released “B.E. Taylor Christmas 3,” featuring 11 traditional and new songs. The album again showcases B.E.’s “Taylorized” take on traditional and original Christmas songs. Returning on several tracks are the inspired voices of Aliquippa’s Church In The Round Gospel Choir under the direction of Curtis Lewis Jr.

This band has made stops in Pittsburgh, Indiana, Pa., Morgantown and Charleston before returning to close out the season in Wheeling.

Tickets can be purchased online at capitoltheatrewheeling.com, by phone at 304-233-4470 or at the WesBanco Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling.

For more information, visit betaylor.com


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