Gary native huge part of rock 'n' roll history

2013-12-12T15:00:00Z 2013-12-12T15:04:12Z Gary native huge part of rock 'n' roll historyDamian Rico Damian.Rico@nwi.com nwitimes.com
December 12, 2013 3:00 pm  • 

From playing the Zanzibar Lounge on 5th Avenue in Gary to the first-ever concert in Yankee Stadium and now to being part of six-time Grammy Award-winner Billy Joel's franchising performances at Madison Square Garden, Crystal Taliefero's career has been one impressive feat after another.

Taliefero, skilled at percussion, sax, harmonica and vocals, has played with Joel since 1989 and was even hailed as the music industry's Best Secret Weapon according to Rolling Stone Magazine's 125-plus People, Places and Things Ruling the Rock 'N' Roll Universe.

"The whole ride has been amazing," said Taliefero. "You never know what Billy's gonna do next so you just keep focused and ready."

Joel recently signed an exclusive music deal to perform at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden once a month, becoming a franchise at the venue.

"Being part of this has been a real blessing," said Taliefero. "I was receiving all of these congratulatory messages on social media and next thing I know we are part of history being made."

Taliefero has also performed with a range of music icons that have included the likes of Faith Hill, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and Joe Cocker, to name a few.

In Spring, Taliefero and colleagues launched Nashville-based Rodidah Productions, an all female music entertainment/production company specializing in helping young musicians in the industry.

"I am passionate about helping others fulfill their dreams," said Taliefero. "I love what I do and there is no greater satisfaction than to have someone else rely on us to help attain theirs. I'm so lucky."

Taliefero is no stranger to giving back as she often visits schools, music programs and individuals encouraging them to never give up and attain life's fulfillment.

Her ultimate goal is to build the Crystal Taliefero Music Foundation aimed at shaping young lives through music and entertainment.

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