James Taylor's Mellow Rebirth: Inside 'Before This World'

March 27, 2015

The last time James Taylor released an album of new material, Tower Records was a multi-million-dollar business, Tobey Maguire was the brand-new Spider-Man, and the Iraq War had yet to begin. "I got out of the habit of writing songs for about 10 years,"...



Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Land Six American Music Award Nods

October 10, 2013

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis lead the nominees for the 41st Annual American Music Awards, picking up six nods including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for their inescapable smash "Thrift Shop." The duo will go up...


Aerosmith, James Taylor, J. Geils Band Anchor Boston Strong Concert

May 31, 2013

The city of Boston is known for many things – its revolutionary history and higher education, its championship banners and ground balls between the legs, its provincial past and progressive future. After this year's Boston Marathon, the city has...


Obama Honors Carole King with Gershwin Prize

May 23, 2013

Carole King was was presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House last night by President Obama, who called the singer-songwriter a "living legend," The Associated Press reports. "It is yet another of the many important messages...


How James Taylor Made 'Sweet Baby James'

April 16, 2013

In 1970, a country still reeling from Vietnam, the Kennedy and King assassinations and the Manson murders was ready for something calm and introspective. Into that void appeared James Taylor's second album, Sweet Baby James, one of the landmarks of the...


James Taylor Plans Year Off to Make New Album

January 22, 2013

As his career in music approaches 50 years, James Taylor names an unusual inspiration for his songs: boredom. Starting today, he plans a self-imposed recess from the road and dedicate the rest of this year to composing and recording his first album of...


James Taylor Sings 'America the Beautiful'

January 21, 2013

Barack Obama and Joe Biden were sworn in today at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, and James Taylor honored the pair's second term with a touching rendition of "America the Beautiful." The singer took the stage with an acoustic guitar and wrapped his...


Beyonce to Sing National Anthem at Obama Inauguration

January 9, 2013

Beyoncé will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at President Obama's second inauguration on January 21st, with James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson also scheduled to perform, USA Today reports.  Taylor will reportedly sing "America the Beautiful,"...


Carole King Named MusiCares Person of the Year

September 19, 2013

Carole King will receive the MusiCares 2014 Person of the Year award at a ceremony during next year's Grammy week. King will accept the award at the Recording Academy's charity fundraiser on January 24th (two days before the Grammys) in Los Angeles,...


Live-Stream the Boston Strong Benefit

May 30, 2013

Tonight Aerosmith, Boston, Jason Aldean, Dropkick Murphys, James Taylor, Carole King and more will take the stage at the TD Garden for the Boston Strong Benefit, which you'll be able to live stream here starting at 7 p.m. EST. Dropkick Murphys Raise...


Aerosmith, James Taylor to Play Boston Benefit Show

May 3, 2013

Bostonians Aerosmith and James Taylor will lead a benefit show in their native city on May 30th at the TD Garden. Carole King and Massachusetts rockers the J. Geils Band are also set for "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration," which will...


The Section: Knights of Soft Rock

April 11, 2013

By 1979, guitarist Waddy Wachtel thought he'd seen everything. He had shown up for morning studio sessions to find Warren Zevon already wasted; he'd seen California Gov. Jerry Brown, Linda Ronstadt's then-boyfriend, retreat from a room of stoned rockers...


Kelly Clarkson Sings at the Inauguration

January 21, 2013

Kelly Clarkson joined James Taylor and Beyoncé in celebrating Barack Obama today at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, shaking off some early nerves to deliver an electrifying rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." The singer looked meek early...



James Taylor Sues Warner Brothers Over Royalties

September 17, 2012

James Taylor is suing his former record label, Warner Bros., for $2 million over royalties, The Guardian reports. The suit stems from outdated royalty rates from the pre-digital era. Taylor claims Warner paid him royalties for digital sales that...


Sting, Elton John, James Taylor Rock Rainforest Fund Concert

April 4, 2012

When she and Sting first visited South America's Amazon rainforest in 1988, Trudie Styler remembers flying into thick smoke from a fire raging below. "It was like seeing paradise and hell at the same time," she told a packed Carnegie Hall at last night's...


Q&A: James Taylor on His Next (Last?) Album and Performing at the DNC

September 10, 2012

James Taylor was back in North Carolina last week, performing a 16-minute set for a crowd of delegates and other politicos on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. The singer opened (of course) with "Carolina in My Mind," in tribute to...


Playlist: The Songs That Made Them Stars

July 2, 2012

Even "overnight" sensations were undoubtedly years in the making. For many – if not most – musicians, the road to success is marked by speed bumps, switchbacks and blinking yellow lights. Here are the stories of 10 famous performers and...