James Vernon Taylor Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 08, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Dec 05, 2023
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About James Taylor

James Taylor, a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the United States, was born on March 12, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts. His music career soared in the 1970s, ushering in the era of the singer-songwriter with his heartfelt and moving songs. Taylor's unique blend of folk, rock, and pop has captivated audiences around the globe, leading to his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000. Among his popular hits are 'Fire And Rain', 'You've Got A Friend', and 'Carolina In My Mind'. He has won six Grammy Awards and has sold over 100 million records, ranking him among the world's top-selling music artists.

James Taylor: Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is James Taylor's net worth?

As of 2023, James Vernon Taylor's net worth is estimated to be $80 million.

How much does James Taylor earn per year?

Accurate information regarding James Talylor's annual earnings as of 2023 is unavailable.

James Taylor's Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is James Taylor?

The singer-songwriter stands at about 6 ft 3 in (191 cm).

How old is James Taylor?

Born on March 12, 1948, he is 75 years old as of 2023.

Childhood And Education

James Vernon Taylor was born on March 12, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Isaac M. Taylor, worked as a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and hailed from an affluent Southern family. His mother, Gertrude Woodard Taylor, trained in singing at the New England Conservatory Of Music and aspired to be an opera singer before marrying.

He grew up with four siblings: Alex, Livingston, Hugh, and Kate, all of whom pursued musical careers. Taylor started his schooling at five years old at Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts. Despite his strong academic abilities, he found the high-pressure environment challenging and eventually moved back to North Carolina, completing his semester at Chapel Hill High School. In 1966, Taylor graduated with a high school diploma from Arlington School.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is James Taylor's partner?

As of 2023, James Taylor has been married to Caroline Smedvig, who previously served as the public relations and marketing director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
James Taylor is the father of four children. With his former wife Carly Simon, whom he was married to from 1972 until 1983, he shares two children: Sarah Maria 'Sally' Taylor and Benjamin Simon 'Ben' Taylor, both of whom have pursued careers in music. With his current wife, Caroline, he has twin sons, Henry and Rufus, born in April 2001. He was also previously married to actress Kathryn Walker from 1985 to 1996.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

James Vernon Taylor released his self-titled debut album in 1968. His second album, 'Sweet Baby James' released in 1970, featured the poignant hit 'Fire And Rain'. This track was subsequently placed at number 82 on Broadcast Music, Inc.'s list of the Top 100 Songs Of The Century and also secured the 85th spot on the joint list by the National Endowment For The Arts and the Recording Industry Association Of America, titled Songs Of The Century.

In 1971, James Taylor released his rendition of Carole King's song 'You've Got A Friend' on his album 'Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon'. This version achieved significant success, climbing to the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart.

James Taylor's 2015 album 'Before This World' marked his first record to reach the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. He has released more than 16 studio albums throughout his career.

Throughout his career, he has worked alongside various renowned musicians, including Danny Kortchmar and Joni Mitchell.

James Taylor's 19th studio album, 'American Standard', released in 2021, was honored with the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Charity Work

James Taylor has been involved in supporting numerous charitable organizations and foundations, such as the Rainforest Foundation, Andre Agassi Foundation For Education, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Aid Still Required, Boys & Girls Clubs Of America, Children's Health Fund, Chris Evert Charities, GRAMMY Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, MusiCares, Natural Resources Defense Council, Stand Up To Cancer, and Tibet House.

What awards has James Taylor won?

James Vernon Taylor has several Grammy Award nominations and has won several Grammy Awards. Some of them include: Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'You've Got A Friend' in 1971; Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Handy Man' in 1977; and Best Children's Recording for 'In Harmony Sesame Street' in 1981. He also won Best Pop Album for 'Hourglass' in 1998, Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight' in 2001, and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 'American Standard' in 2021.

He was honored with the George And Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at the UCLA Spring Sing in 2004.

Other Interesting James Taylor Facts And Trivia

  • In the year 2000, James Taylor was inducted into both the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
  • In 2006, he was recognized as the MusiCares Person Of the Year.
  • Taylor received the prestigious Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 2015. In 2016, he was celebrated as a Kennedy Center honoree.

James Vernon Taylor Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

James Vernon Taylor

Date of Birth




Place of Birth




191 cm

Eye Color

Light Brown

Child Star?





Milton Academy

Net Worth



Caroline Smedvig


Isaac M. Taylor, Gertrude Taylor


Alex Taylor, Kate Taylor, Hugh Taylor, Livingston Taylor

Annual Earnings

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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