James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Quotes by James Taylor
I have a love-hate relationship with the Grammys because I don't see the music world as a competitive sport. I don't take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have made a lot of difference to my audience that I'm as bald as a billiard ball! I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others. If I were to try to identify a turning point I'd say that was it - getting clean. I think that American music, for me, it's a synthesis of a lot of different things. But for me growing up in North Carolina, the stuff that I was listening to, the things that I was hearing, it was all about black music, about soul music. You have to choose whether to love yourself or not. If you're an addict, it controls your life and your life becomes uncontrollable. It's boring and painful, filling your system with something that makes you stare at your shoes for six hours. People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down. A concert is always like a feast day to me.