Walk Off The Earth has unexpectedly and sadly misplaced Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor.
Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, former member of Walk off the Earth (WOTE), has handed away.
According to the group, the multi-instrumentalist handed away in his sleep from pure causes.
“It is with profound unhappiness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor. Mike had a love for all times that was unmatched and a willingness to present that went past peculiar means. He handed peacefully from pure causes final evening in his sleep. Our deepest sympathies are along with his two kids, whom he adored greater than the rest on the planet. We ask for privateness for his household on this attempting time.”
His loss of life was sudden and surprising. On Christmas Eve, Taylor had posted a canopy of ‘O Holy Night’ on Facebook. The group would’ve carried out on a New Year’s Eve live performance particular in Niagara Falls.
With WOTE, Taylor had performed quite a lot of devices. These included piano, keyboards, melodica, trumpet, didgeridoo, accordion, and the kazoo. He had additionally performed the organ, vocals, xylophone, glockenspiel, euphonium, and slide whistle.
The band had described him as somebody who “had a love for all times that was unmatched and a willingness to present that went past peculiar means.”
Taylor additionally had “surprising quirky habits,” which the band featured on their pop-song covers.
On YouTube, WOTE’s channel has over three.three million subscribers. One video, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know,’ has over 185 million views. Most of the band’s movies have properly over 17 million views.
The group first shaped in Ontario in 2006. Taylor joined WOTE a number of years later.
Speaking in regards to the group’s identify on Facebook, members shared,
“More than the rest, it’s a way of thinking. When you’re deeply entranced by a group of musical compositions and your day-to-day stresses develop into loads much less bothersome, you’ve walked off the earth.”
The group ultimately signed with Columbia Records, releasing two albums. 2013’s R.E.V.O. and 2015’s Sing It All Away.
Featured picture by Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor (Facebook screengrab).