Clearly, artistic talent runs in the family! Angelina Jolie’s dad, Jon Voight, is a renowned Academy Award-winning actor, but what is unknown to many is that Angie’s uncle wrote rock ’n’ roll hits like “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning.”
In Touch caught a phenomenal performance by Chip Taylor (formerly known as James Voight) and his band in New York City, and he sat down to talk with us exclusively about his new album, Rock and Roll Joe, and his famous niece.
“I was a kid from Yonkers, New York, who fell in love with country music,” Chip says. After a successful career as a recording artist and songwriter, penning hits for Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra, Chip was inspired to make a record and launch a website as a tribute to honor the unsung heroes of rock ’n’ roll.
“I started writing songs with the spirit of the passion and energy of rock ’n’ roll that took us to where we are,” Chip adds. “I love this album, but the thing that is close to my heart is the ‘Rock and Roll Joe’ website, which I’m hoping will last forever.”
Chip added that he cherishes the love and support that he gets from his brothers, Jon and Barry. “Whenever I find myself feeling depressed, or unstable, or unsure, and I want to get grounded, I picture my brothers. I love them so much. We’re really close. I look at them and that kind of lifts me. It helps me get to the best of me. We talk all the time and there are no bigger fans of my music than Jon and Barry.”
Although Angie hasn’t been able to catch one of Chip’s shows, he’s hoping she’ll stop by. “I would like to somehow be with her sometime,” Chip smiled. “Tell her to come to one of my shows! That would be nice!”