America’s iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor will play Portland

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PORTLAND — James Taylor,  a master at describing specific even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere, will perform with his band June 24 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Tickets for reserved seating, $79.50 and $59.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Ticketmaster.

Tickets will also be available at the civic center box office and by calling 775-3458 or (800) 745-3000. Fans may also purchase seats to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council and other charities at www.ticketsforcharity.com.

Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. As a recording and touring artist, he has set a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.

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His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his distinctive style of guitar-playing has been enormously influential. He has sold more than 40 million albums throughout his career and has earned 40 gold, platinum and multiplatinum awards, and five Grammy Awards.

His songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life: “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower the People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” “Shed a Little Light” and “Copperline.”

In a career marked by artistic triumphs, 2011 for Taylor was notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement. In March, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. He was also honored with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall featuring Taylor and personally selected musical guests.

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