James Taylor will return to NBC’s The Voice tonight as this season’s “Mega Mentor,” joining coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas and Blake Shelton to advise the remaining contestants. Following his debut appearance last week on The Voice, Taylor’s new album, American Standard, shot to #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller Chart. Last Monday’s episode of The Voice was the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks and grew +23% versus the same night last year in 18-49 and +27% in total viewers.  Tune in to an all-new episode of The Voice featuring Taylor as the Mega Mentor airing tonight, Monday, April 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC.  Taylor will also make a special appearance on Jeopardy! Tuesday, April 21st.  He pre-recorded the episode back in January and will provide clues to contestants about his life and music.

Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and Taylor, American Standard reimagines some of the 20th century’s most beloved songs.  Taylor infuses new sounds and fresh meaning into 14 carefully chosen interpretations that feature the singer-songwriter’s warm, one-of-a-kind vocal ability and incomparable musicianship.  Released in February via Fantasy Records, the album debuted to glowing reviews and major chart entries in the US and overseas. Upon its release, the album debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart and #1 on its Top Album Sales, Top Rock, and Top Americana/Folk charts.

American Standard is Taylor’s 13th Top 10 album overall and with it, he becomes the first artist ever with Top 10 albums in each of the last six decades. The collection also had impressive chart debuts internationally landing at #1 on the Canadian chart and #11 in the UK.

Taylor also recently released his first-ever Audible Original memoir titled “Break Shot: My First 21 Years.”   Produced by MTV/VH1 veteran Bill Flanagan, the deeply personal and authentic memoir illuminates the deep connection Taylor has with the songs on American Standard, and also takes listeners through the triumphs and traumas of his childhood and difficult family life.  

American Standard is available in a variety of formats including a limited edition 180-gram 45 RPM double LP. Watch the album trailer: HERE.  Listen to and buy American Standard HERE.


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 50 years, while set ting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.  Over the course of his celebrated song writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards since the release of his self-titled debut album in 1968. In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, the first-ever #1  album of his illustrious career.   Taylor has won multiple GRAMMY Awards, has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and the prestigious Songwriters Halls of Fame and in February 2006, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences selected him its MUSICARES Person of the Year.  Taylor was also 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 2012.  In November of 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor and in December of 2016 he received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.

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