has been known for many years as a game children play. One child will
run after the others, catch another child and yell, “You’re
it!” But the world of music has a new definition of TAG. If
you’re waiting for a band that possesses a perfect blend of
raw talent and intoxicating melodies…They’re it!
Taglieri, lead vocalist and guitarist of TAG, is no stranger to
the stage. With seven solo albums under his belt, and years of continuous
touring, he has been breathing music for most of his life.
after winning awards for Male Pop CD of the Year, UIMA Pop/Rock
Artist of the Year and sharing the stage with top name acts such
as Rick Emmett, Edwin McCain, The Gin Blossoms, Gavin DeGraw and
Sister Hazel, Taglieri decided it was time to take a break from
being a solo artist and put his efforts into creating TAG.
friend and co-writer, Brad Whitley, has been Taglieri’s guitarist/vocalist
for years. The synergy between them is undeniable as they compliment
and play off of each other’s licks. While subtle styles of
influences like Paul Simon, Butch Walker & My Chemical Romance
are evident in Whitley’s writing and playing, he adds his
own unique qualities that will grab your ear and keep its attention.
Darby, who started his musical career on trombone opening for Dizzy
Gillespie in 1982, adds another layer to TAG’s sound with
his vocal harmonies and melodic mastering of the ivory keys. Having
played with Taglieri in various band incarnations for 5 years, Darby
is a musical multi-tasker who effortlessly swaps the keys for the
harmonica and the harmonica for the guitar.
not all of TAG’s talent lies in the catchy melodies. The rhythm
section boasts its own talents and accomplishments. Dave Willard
on bass/vocals and Jimmi Kane on drums, may be judged at first glance
by their baby faces, but the judgements will quickly end as soon
as the beat begins.
a William Paterson University graduate with a Bachelor of Music
degree in Sound Engineering Arts, started his first band at the
age of 15. With experience playing in a classical guitar trio, a
20 piece jazz band and numerous rock bands, Dave brings diversity
to TAG that only makes the band’s sound stronger.
whose dad noticed his natural rhythm at age four, as he rocked back
and forth right on beat to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”,
has the charisma and star-power to draw the crowd’s attention,
and keep it strong set after set. A combination of Tommy Lee and
Travis Barker, the tattooed, stick-twirling showman has recorded
and toured the country with numerous artists, including a number
of sold-out, arena shows opening for the original American Idol,
started as a thought in John Taglieri’s mind and developed
into a masterpiece as the five members of the musical puzzle connected.
Whether at a live show or on a recording, the first time you hear
TAG, you’ll know…They’re it!