James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is a Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and raised in Carrboro, North Carolina, USA .
Over the course of his long career, James Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and 5 Grammy Awards for a catalog running from 1970's 'Sweet Baby James' to his Grammy Award-winning efforts ''Hourglass'' (1997) and ''October Road' (2002).
James Taylor's first Greatest Hits album earned him the RIAA's elite Diamond Award, given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the United States. For his accomplishments, James was honoured with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest accolade, bestowed for distinguished creative achievement.
The year 2000 saw James Taylor's induction into both the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
James Taylor's CD/DVD, ''One Man Band'' (2007), was nominated for an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special,” in September 2008 his most recent recording, 'Covers' (2008) features James Taylor’s full band and is his own musical interpretation of tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
James Taylor released ''Sweet Baby James'' in 1970. It went triple-platinum and spawned his first Top 10 hit, the intensely personal "Fire and Rain." The following year saw the release of another million-seller, ''Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon'' and the #1 single, "You've Got a Friend," written by long time friend Carole King. The recording won a Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Pop Male Vocal. In 1972, Taylor scored another Gold album with ''One Man Dog'', which was followed up in 1973 with ''Walking Man''.
The album ''Gorilla'' (1975) included two more major chart entries: "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "Mexico". Following his final Warner Brothers recording, ''In The Pocket'', James moved on to Columbia Records and released a string of critically praised and commercially successful albums: ''JT'', his 1977 double-platinum debut, included a Top 10 cover of Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man" a song that gave Taylor another Grammy for Best Pop Male Vocal. ''Flag'' (1979), ''Dad Loves His Work'' (1981), ''That's Why I'm Here'' (1985), ''Never Die Young'' (1988), ''New Moon Shine'' (1991) and the double-disc ''Live'' album (1993), show Taylor's consistency: all were certified platinum. ''Hourglass'' (1998), which garnered James' first Grammy Award for Best Pop Album, and ''October Road'' (2002), another Grammy winner, also enjoyed platinum sales.
James Taylor's music embodies the art of song writing in its most fundamental form. He has been at it for decades: transforming introspective meditations into lyrics, melodies and harmonies that comfort and reassure the listener with the sense that these sometimes painful, sometimes celebratory moments are a part of life, shared by us all. In 1971, James was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, who heralded him as the harbinger of 'the singer/songwriter era".
A review of James Taylors recent O2 concert can be found in Aug edition of our Rokmag.
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