Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) March 07, 2014
Silky smooth folk-rock singer James Taylor is reigning atop the charts once again, just like he did with his first hit single “Fire and Rain” 44 years ago. Originally discovered by Paul McCartney of the Beatles in 1968, Taylor was invited to record his first album with single “Carolina on my Mind” on their Apple Label.
After a career spanning six decades, Taylor, now 65, is probably best known for his first Number One hit “You’ve Got A Friend” in 1971, written by close friend and performing partner Carole King. The song garnered Grammys for both artists.
Today, Taylor is back on the road again with his 2014 North American Summer Tour – “James Taylor and His All-Star Band”. It is a 33-date trek that hits 31 cities across 22 states in North America, and opens the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon on May 30, 2014.
The U.S. wrap is currently set for the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia on August 5, 2014.
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After opening in Portland, the singer’s tour hits Seattle, Concord, Santa Barbara, L.A., Phoenix, Albuquerque, Spring, Grand Prairie, Morrison, Wichita, Lincoln, Kansas City, Maryland Heights, Highland Park, Columbus, Lenox, Gilford, Wantagh, Holmdel, Saratoga Springs, Bethel, Camden, Toronto, Cuyahoga Falls, Clarkston, Bristow, Raleigh and Charlotte before wrapping in Alpharetta on August 5. Taylor heads across the pond to perform next at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England on September 30, 2014.
James Vernon Taylor was born March 12, 1948 in Boston where his father was a resident physician. His mother was an aspiring opera singer. Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at age 14, and by the summer of 1963, he and a pal named Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around Martha’s Vineyard, billed as "Jamie & Kootch".
In late 1967, funded by a small family inheritance, Taylor moved to London and was able to get his demos to Paul McCartney, who later said, "I just heard his voice and his guitar and I thought he was great ... and he came and played live, so it was just like, 'Wow, he's great.'" Taylor became the first non-British act signed to Apple.
In 1971, Taylor's biggest hit single in the U.S., a version of the Carole King standard "You've Got a Friend" (featuring backing vocals by Joni Mitchell and piano and vocals by Carole King), reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in late July. In early 1972, Taylor won his first Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the song. King also won Song of the Year for the same tune in that ceremony.
Since then, Taylor has recorded a total of 16 albums. Following his 8th album in 1977 called JT, his commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence came in the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work in the albums Hourglass, October Road and Covers.
Recently, in 2011, Taylor performed "Fire and Rain" with Taylor Swift at the last concert of her Speak Now World Tour in Madison Square Garden. In 2012, Swift appeared as Taylor's special guest in a concert at Tanglewood. Most recently, he sang "America the Beautiful" at President Obama's second inauguration.
Taylor is a five-time Grammy Award winner. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. His best-selling album, the 1976 Greatest Hits release, was certified Diamond and has sold over 12 million US copies to date.
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