James Taylor (1948–)
Guitarist John Mayer praised James Taylor as the “blueprint” for his inspiration. James Taylor is considered a confessional singer-songwriter. This style of writing explores the emotions involved in personal relationships and experiences that relate to personal loss. His second album,
His subsequent albums since
On March 1, 1971, James Taylor was featured on the cover of Time magazine. The magazine described Taylor as the forerunner of the singer-songwriter era. The featured article called Taylor, “the man who best sums up the new sound of rock.”
James Taylor has won five Grammys, three of them for Best Male Pop Vocals. He was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.