James "J.T." Taylor
|James "J.T." Warren Taylor|
|Birth name||James Warren Tayor|
|Also known as||JT Taylor|
|Born||August 16, 1953
Laurens, South Carolina
|Genres||Electronic, R&B, Soul, Post-Disco, Electro Funk|
|Years active||1978 - Present|
|Associated acts||Kool & The Gang|
James "J.T." Taylor (born August 16, 1953, Laurens, South Carolina) is an American singer and actor best known as the former lead singer of the R&B/funk band, Kool & The Gang. Before his rise to fame, Taylor was a schoolteacher and amateur night club singer having first joined a band at the age of 13. He joined Kool & The Gang in 1978 and became the band's lead singer in 1979.
Kool & The Gang
In 1979, Kool & The Gang released the platinum-selling album, Ladies' Night, which garnered the hit singles, "Too Hot" and "Ladies' Night", solidifying Taylor's status as the group's front-man for years to come. Taylor and Kool & The Gang's next three albums were also successful including 1980's album, Celebrate! which produced perhaps the group's most recognizable hit to date, "Celebration".
In 1988, Taylor amicably left Kool & The Gang to pursue a solo career and has released four solo albums to date. In 1989, he released his first solo album entitled Master Of The Game (MCA Records) which produced several hits including the album's first single, "All I Want Is Forever", a duet with Regina Belle.
1996 Kool & The Gang reunion
During Taylor's solo career, he briefly reunited with Kool & The Gang, releasing the 1996 album, State Of Affairs (Curb Records). Although the album was well received by critics, it was not commercially successful in comparison to Kool & The Gang's releases from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Record label|
|1989||Master Of The Game||-||-||MCA|
|1991||Feel The Need||-||-|
|1993||Baby I'm Back||-||-|
|2000||A Brand New Me||-||-||Interscope Records|
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart|
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