James Vernon Taylor was born on March 12, 1948 to well to do family in Boston, Massachusetts. While he did some recordings in the later 1960s, his first sucess came in the early 1970s.
His career spans nearly 5 decades, and he has won (so far) five Grammy Awards. Many of his albums have gone platinum and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Dayton Ohio in 2000. In 2011 he received a National Medal of the Arts at a presentation in the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.