James and “Blue Lou” Marini guest on the season finale of the AirwayV audio theater series Taking Care of Paul, about a cranky music teacher in the last days of his life. Visit AirwayV.com now to listen to episode #14 (James appears starting 3:20).
BROADWAYWORLD.COM — James Taylor’s Holiday Classic, James Taylor At Christmas, To Be Released On Vinyl For First-Time Ever In Celebration Of Album’s 10-Year AnniversarySep 14, 2016
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ In celebration of its 10 th anniversary, James Taylor’s holiday classic, James Taylor At Christmas, will receive its vinyl debut just in time for the holiday season, ensuring you’ll have the perfect record to spin on the turntable to soundtrack your festivities. The record, which will be available on black 150-gram vinyl, will be released September 23 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and can be pre-ordered here: http://smarturl.it/JamesTaylorXMasLP
James Taylor At Christmas is a collection of 14 timeless holiday classics recorded by five-time Grammy -Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Taylor throughout the years. Taylor puts his spin on seasonal favorites, offering up his jazzy renditions of “Winter Wonderland,” featuring famed trumpeter Chris Botti, and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” his unique take on “Jingle Bells,” a heartwarming rendition of “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and a moving version of George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” which Taylor recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Other tracks include his playful duet with Natalie Cole (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River,” his take on the spiritual “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “Mon Beau Sapin,” a French rendition of “O Christmas Tree,” and to cap off the year, the New Year’s classic “Auld Lang Syne.”
As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in 13 years, which earned him his first ever #1 album on the Billboard Charts and a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. He has won multiple Grammy Awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. In November of 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor.
On September 23, the Steve Gadd Band will release Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, a DVD/CD set capturing Steve and his incredible band: Michael Landau, Walt Fowler, Larry Goldings, and Jimmy Johnson — all fellow James Taylor bandmates. The recording was made in concert at the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Check out the trailer for the album below and pre-order now at Amazon or iTunes.
James worked with arranger/conductor, Rob Mounsey, along with numerous NYC studio musicians during the recording of Before This World. Click the image below to see group shots of those players from the May 2014 recording sessions at Avatar Studios in NYC. We will be adding more photos to those NYC sessions soon!
On Monday September 5 at 7pm CDT, stations across the U.S. will broadcast Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief, a special event benefiting the American Red Cross’s Louisiana Flood Relief fund.
Hosted by Harry Connick, Jr and Randy Jackson and featuring performances from Hunter Hayes, the Rebirth Brass Band and many more, the broadcast will also feature a special taped message from James. Click here to see which stations are carrying the show in your area.
James wrapped up his 2016 North American Summer tour last week with a spectacular show at Fenway Park featuring the legendary Jackson Browne and both of their incredible bands. Click the image below to see a gallery of photos from a very special evening. More photos to come!