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NEWS 05 Dec 2008

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James Taylor Nominated For Two Grammy® Awards For His Latest CD Covers: ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ And ‘Best Male Pop Vocal’

"One of America's Greatest Singer-Songwriters" - Wall Street Journal

Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor received two Grammy® Nominations from The Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. His latest album, Covers (Hear Music), was acknowledged for Best Pop Vocal Album and Taylor was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal for the track, "Wichita Lineman." The 51st annual Grammy® Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009 and airing on CBS.

Covers debuted at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart, selling 94,500 units in its first week of release. The Boston Globe praised the new album by noting that, "to open James Taylor's new Covers album and settle back to listen to his voice is like uncorking a fine wine that has been deepened and enriched by age."

The stellar album debut included several television highlights for James Taylor as he launched Good Morning America's "Whistle Stop ‘08" tour in his home state of Massachusetts; performed on The Colbert Report as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Taylor's interviews and performances include appearances on Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, The 82nd Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, CNN "Headline News," Stand Up 2 Cancer and The Late Show with David Letterman.

The album was recorded last January when James Taylor gathered his 'Band of Legends' for a rare 10-day recording session in a converted barn on his property in western Massachusetts. Band arrangements of material featured on the album include covers of Big Mama Thornton's version of "Hound Dog," Junior Walker's "(I'm A) Road Runner" and "Wichita Lineman," (one of the most revered country songs penned by Jimmy Webb). These songs were improvised on the spot and recorded live with some of the best players in popular music.

The recording sessions included musical heavyweights Luis Conte, Michael Landau, Jeff Babko, Lou Marini, Arnold McCuller, Jimmy Johnson, David Lasley, Walt Fowler, Andrea Zonn, Kate Markowitz, Steve Gadd, and Larry Goldings.

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