For Immediate Release
Friday December 6th 2013
Jazz Guitarist Martin Taylor Joins Hillary Clinton & Mark Zuckerberg In Receiving Prestigious Award
Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor has been awarded the Brand Laureate International Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation – dubbed the Grammy awards for branding – for building an iconic brand in music. Past recipients of the award have included Hillary Clinton, Aretha Franklin, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins have seen Martin Taylor garner two honorary doctorates, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.
Speaking at the award presentation at the Penang Island Jazz Festival, ABPF President Dr KKJohan said:
“The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation is pleased to confer The Brand Laureate International Brand Personality Award upon Dr Martin Taylor MBE for his illustrious career and contributions as a brilliant solo finger style guitarist and composer. His talents, values, skills and perseverance indeed make him a Brand Icon and inspiration to society at large.”
Following the ceremony Martin Taylor said:
“It’s a great honor to receive this award. Having spent the past 40 years touring the world with my guitar I consider it a privilege to be able to share my music with so many people.”
As an award recipient Taylor receives a 24-karat plated gold trophy adorned with Swarovski crystals and signed by former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
About Martin Taylor
Multi award winning guitarist and composer Martin Taylor has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, with a strong stage presence. He spends much of the year traveling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy Online. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum.
About The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF)
The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) is a not-for-profit organisation that was set up in 2004 with the aim of increasing the level of branding awareness in the Asia Pacific region. It is the worlds only branding foundation and its Patron is H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth prime minister of Malaysia. Previous recipients of its awards have included Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate Prof. Robert Fry Engle, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher and Aretha Franklin.
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