|Folk artist James Taylor has been playing his famous originals and popular covers since the 1960s! With hits like “Long Ago and Far Away,” “Shower the People,” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” James Taylor knows how to put on a show for all ages! Buy James Taylor concert tickets now!
For decades, Taylor has been known as a quintessential sensitive singer/songwriter, using introspective lyrics and an acoustic guitar to usher in a new era of music in the 1970s. He has been a touring sensation since that time, and still boasts an unmistakable pop-folk sound that has wowed audiences around the world.
Taylor was raised in a musical family with three brothers and a sister that all composed music as well. He picked up his first guitar in 1960 and also studied the cello. However, guitar would quickly become his passion, and by age 16 Taylor had dropped out of school to play music with his brother Alex. In 1965, Taylor checked himself into a mental health institution to cope with ongoing depression. During his time in this facility, he earned his high school diploma and began composing songs.
When Taylor left the institution he quickly formed “The Flying Machine” with friend Danny Kortchmar and Joel O’Brien. The band had a short-lived run with Rainy Day Records, but had broken up by 1967 due to lack of commercial success. During this period, Taylor began struggling with heroin addiction, and moved to London to focus on music and kick the habit. In 1968, Taylor signed with legendary Apple Records and released his eponymous debut album. Unfortunately, the record saw little success and Taylor continued to battle with heroin addiction. He checked into a rehabilitation facility back in the U.S. and recovered. Shortly after returning to the stage, Taylor broke both of his hands in a motorcycle accident, which prevented him from performing for several months.
Rise to fame
In 1970, Taylor moved to California and signed with Warner Bros. Records. He quickly released his sophomore album, Sweet Baby James, which became a success over the following year, fueled by the single “Fire and Rain.” Taylor appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1971 and was touted as the face of the upcoming singer/songwriter genre. Taylor followed up Sweet Baby James with Mud Slide Slim, which quickly rose to the No. 2 position on national charts. Over the coming years, Taylor would retreat somewhat from performing live, but he continued to release albums and married musician Carly Simon. During this period, Taylor also became active politically, and performed benefit concerts for a variety of causes, including Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign.
The legendary James Taylor
Over the 1980s and 90s, Taylor became one of the most renowned touring acts of all-time. He cleaned up for good in 1984 and earned a Grammy Award for best pop album in 1997 with the platinum hit, Hourglass. In the year 2000, Taylor was inducted to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. The new millennium also saw Taylor’s first greatest hits collection selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.
In 2002, Taylor released the Grammy-nominated October Road, which went platinum. Over the next few years, Taylor would release a Christmas album, perform the national anthem at the World Series, and release another collection of greatest hits, The Best of James Taylor. In the late 2000s, Taylor released two compilations of a wide range of cover songs. In 2010, after a successful tour with longtime friend Carole King, the duo released a concert CD/DVD.