Shower the People - Music of James Taylor 2014 Concert Schedule
Are you a James Taylor fan? So are the members
of Shower the People - Music of James Taylor. Led by lookalike and soundalike Greg Johnson, this band lovingly recreates the
music of James Taylor and tells the stories and inspirations behind his songs. The talented group has delighted audiences
from New York to Massachusetts. To stay up to date on future appearances, rely on StubHub.com - the web's best source for
About Shower the People - Music of James Taylor
James Vernon Taylor was born on March 12th, 1948,
in Boston, Massachusetts, the second of five children to his physician father and musical mother. The family relocated to
North Carolina a few years later, though James would maintain a strong connection with New England throughout his youth. His
first instrument was the cello, and this influenced his guitar technique, self-described as "a finger-picking style that was
meant to be like a piano." His musical style was influenced by hymns and folk music. He wrote his first song at age 14, and
about a year later was performing at coffeehouses on Martha's Vineyard with his friend and fellow guitarist Danny Kortchmar,
calling themselves "Jamie & Kootch."
In his senior year of high school, James began what would become a lifelong
struggle with depression. He had himself committed to McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he was treated with
thorazine and eventually received his high school diploma from the hospital's school. After his nine month stay there, he
moved to New York City to start a band with Danny Kortchmar; he ended up starting not just a band, but a drug habit as well.
After rehab, he moved to London, where Paul McCartney heard one of his demos, and he became the first American artist signed
to the Beatles' Apple Records label.
Previous Hits from Shower the People - Music of James Taylor
Taylor's first album's success was limited despite good reviews. In 1969, he relocated to Warner Bros. Records and released
his second album, Sweet Baby James in 1970. It was a roaring success, selling 1.5 million copies in the first year. Rolling
Stone magazine placed it at #103 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The hit single, "Fire and Rain,"
reached #3 on the Billboard charts, as did the album. The song deals with the suicide of a friend, as well as his own experiences
with the mental health system. It was listed as #227 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
album Mudslide Slim and the Blue Horizon brought James further success and his biggest U.S. hit, a cover of Carole King's
"You've Got a Friend," with Joni Mitchell providing backup vocals. The song reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in July, 1971
and earned him his first Grammy Award (for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance). The second single from the album, "Long Ago and
Far Away," also broke the Top 40. In 1972, he released his fourth album, One Man Dog, which included the hits, "Don't Let
Me Be Lonely Tonight" and "One Man Parade." Around this time, James married fellow musician Carly Simon, and although they
later divorced, they produced several hit duets in the meantime.
In 1974, Walking Man was released, and a year later,
his sixth album, Gorilla, was released. It reached #6 on Billboard and included a cover of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is
(To Be Loved By You)," with Carly Simon's accompanying vocals; it became one of James' biggest hits. The following year brought
In the Pocket, a star-studded affair with contributions from Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder.
This was James Taylor's last studio album with Warner Bros, and the label put out an album featuring his greatest hits, from
1970 to 1976. This became his best-selling album ever, eventually being certified Diamond by the RIAA.
the People - Music of James Taylor Trivia
Did you know that James Taylor had a close encounter with John Lennon's killer
the day before the assassination?
James Taylor lived in the building next to John Lennon, and on December 7th, 1980,
Mark David Chapman accosted James and spoke maniacally about his intent to get in touch with the former Beatle. Less than
24 hours later, Chapman would shoot Lennon dead. Taylor heard the five shots from his apartment.
Shower the People
- Music of James Taylor Live Experience
In the 1980s and onward, James Taylor continued to have personal struggles
with drug addiction, depression, and divorce, but he also produced some of his most critically acclaimed and popular work,
including "(I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' About That," "Little More Time With You," and the Grammy winning "How's the World Treating
You" (with Alison Krauss). Shower the People - Music of James Taylor, however, concentrates on the classic young James Taylor
of the 1970's, telling the story of his early life through his words and music. "Shower the People" was the opening track
to 1976's In the Pocket. It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains an enduring classic to this day, making it a
fitting name for a James Taylor tribute band. So if you love the sensitive and mellow sounds of this easy listening folk legend,
let Shower the People shower YOU with their love for the Music of James Taylor. Get your tickets at StubHub.com!