Through it all - concerts, three Christmas CDs and a touring season that continues at other times of the year, Taylor said he reminds himself that his success is owed to the folks who like to hear him sing.
"Every show is the most important one," he said. "It's all about the people in the chairs. I'm on stage and the lights make it look more glamorous, but I'm just Bill Taylor singing. That's the reality."
Monday night, Taylor will bring out many Christmas favorites, but expect to hear selections from his new CD. This one was particularly fun because Taylor used audio recording equipment he "inherited" from his musician son, a graduate of Berklee College of Music.
"I started messing around with it - I did all the vocals and backgrounds and for the first time, I did it all in my studio at home," Taylor said.
Songs are a mix of secular and religious and, as always, bear the mark of Taylor's arrangements.
His wife, Veronica, suggested "I Wonder as I Wonder," for example, and Taylor gave it a calypso twist.
Taylor recalls loving Nat King Cole's version of "Caroling, Caroling," which also is included.
"I just interpreted it and 'Taylorized' all the vocals," he said.
Taylor said Christmas to him is the story of the Christ child, and while he also loves the magic of Santa, he doesn't shy away from Christian themes.
"I get two kinds of emails from people," he said. "One is, 'Thank you for doing a show we can enjoy as a family,' and the second one I get is, 'Thank you for keeping the Christ in Christmas.' "
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.