James Taylor will brin his smooth singer/songwriter style to Civic Center

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1968, James Taylor released his first album on Apple Records and made history by being the first artist to sign with the Beatles’ label. Since then, Taylor has gone on to record top-selling albums, singles and videos which have earned 42 RIAA certifications, including one Diamond (10 million) and three multi-platinum awards. Most recently, Warner Bros. released “The Best Of James Taylor,” the first album to chronicle songs from a dozen of Taylor’s albums culled from recordings made for Apple, Warner Bros. and Columbia Records, along with the brand new track, “Bittersweet.”

Taylor not only set the precedent for solo singer/songwriter/instrumentalists achieving success as recording and touring artists, he has given the role much of its mystique and appeal. His warm and inviting tenor is among the most recognized and beloved in popular music, complementing his melodies with effortless grace.

Another facet of his prodigious talent is his guitar playing, which significantly raised the standard for singer/songwriters accompanying themselves with six strings.

Time Magazine recognized Taylor’s contribution to music with its cover story in 1971, heralding him as the harbinger of the “singer/songwriter era.”

His talent has since been applauded many times over, from four Grammy Awards over the course of his career to inductions into both the Songwriters and Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame in 2000, and the 1998 Century Award, Billboard Magazine’s highest accolade.

But above all else, there are the songs: “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,” “Copperline.” Taylor’s songs reflect a passion for self-expression and a dedication to the constant evolution of his craft. His songs also have had a vast, profound influence on both songwriters and music lovers of all generations and from all walks of life.

Throughout these songs, Taylor has celebrated the beauty of nature, using the vivid imagery of mountains, trees and lakes to tell his stories. His love of the environment has also been reflected in his work away from the stage. Taylor has been a board member of the National Resources Defense Council since 1989. With more than one million members, the NRDC works to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -air, land and water – and to defend endangered natural places.

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