James Taylor Details
Singer-songwriter, James Taylor, is a music legend that has been performing for nearly fifty years. He has released over fifteen studio albums since his breakthrough release, “Fire and Rain”, in 1970. With a sound that is a unique fusion of country, folk rock, and soft rock, this multi-talented musician sings and plays the guitar, harmonica, and keyboard both in the studio and onstage. Known to be an inventive musician, Taylor credits learning the cello at a young age for his unique guitar playing style.
James Taylor has been nominated for and won several Grammy Awards, including winning Best Pop Vocal Performance three times in 1971, 1977, and 2001. He also won the Grammy for Best Pop Album in 1998. In 1995, Taylor received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Kennedy Center Honors in 2016. James Taylor was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000. He is credited with being one of the best-selling artists of all time across all genres.
James Taylor is beloved by fans and peers alike, and in 2006, he was named the MusiCares Person of the Year. During the ceremony, artists like Carole King, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, and Paul Simon paid tribute by performing covers of his songs and sharing how Taylor influenced both their careers and music.
James Taylor Concert Setlist
After almost 50 years of making music, James Taylor has quite a selection of hits to play at his concerts. He tends to stick with his most popular songs, adding some amazing covers to the mix. James Taylor often includes his acoustic cover of The Drifters’ “Up on the Roof”. He slows the song way down, and the effect is genius. Another popular cover song, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, makes the list, as does Taylor’s hit “Something in the Way She Moves”. Many of James Taylor’s songs are instantly recognizable, but “Fire and Rain” is one that fans enjoy singing back to the music legend. His 1971 number one Billboard hit and Grammy Award-winning song, “You’ve Got a Friend”, makes the list time and time again, and the always fun and groovy, “Mexico”, never fails to lighten spirits.
James Taylor in Concert
James Taylor is such a dynamic performer that it’s hard to nail down one specific genre and concert style. His music is classic rock with an emphasis on acoustic style sets and a real folk rock feel. James Taylor concerts are lively, yet laid back, fun and nostalgic. The experience is like no other, and James Taylor takes fans through every emotion imaginable, while delivering quality vocals from the stage. He is very down to earth and connected with the audience, singing as if he is in a room full of friends rather than a crowded venue. Fans will feel like they have stepped into a private jam session, making a James Taylor concert an experience they will never forget.