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James Taylor Talks About Healing Through Music On His Road To Redemption

James Taylor Talks About Healing Through Music On His Road To Redemption
January 29, 2020 - 19:16 / Lucas Anderson

The respected singer-songwriter offers an intimate view of his personal life in a brand new audio-only memoir. Taylor will follow this up with the release of his 19th studio album in late February! Learn more here about Taylor's memoir and his road to redemption.

James Taylor's new audio-only memoir, Break Shot: My First 21 Years, comes out on Audible this Friday, January 31. In the memoir, Taylor is noted to open up about the demons and difficult periods in his life.

The popular musician also traces how he was able to overcome these tough times: "I just followed the music," he said. Doing so led him on the path to a highly successful career in folk music.

James Taylor and Carole King, 8 July 1971, in London to perform at the Royal Festival Hall.

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James Taylor was faced with adversity

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Taylor described how family difficulties led to a stay in a psychiatric hospital in his late teens. He also dealt with depression, drug addiction, and failed relationships during his career.

Today, however, Taylor is 37 years sober and celebrating 25 years with his third wife, Kim. He attributes these successes to his music and the deep connection it makes with listeners.

"All I ever wanted to do was to play music and to have people enjoy it, occasionally use it in their lives, and make it part of their world. That’s a great feeling," Taylor explained to EW.

James Taylor and Kim Taylor attend the 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala in Los Angeles.

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A new album from James Taylor

Along with his new memoir, Taylor is releasing a new album titled American Standard. It is his 19th studio album, and you can hear it on its release date of February 28th!