James "J.T." Taylor
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James "J.T." Taylor
|Birth name||James Warren Taylor|
|Also known as||JT Taylor|
|Born||August 16, 1953|
Laurens, South Carolina, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, soul, funk, post-disco, electro|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actor, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, bass synthesizer|
|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 teacher 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.
Taylor joined the band in 1978 and eventually became the lead singer in 1979. Before that, Taylor was working as a nightclub singer in New Jersey clubs for $40 a night. Though born in South Carolina, Taylor grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was the first and only singer they auditioned for lead singer.
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 titled Master of the Game, which produced several hits, including the album's first single "All I Want Is Forever", a duet with Regina Belle. The single "The Promised Land" was included on the soundtrack of Ghostbusters II.
In 1996, he briefly reunited with Kool & the Gang, releasing the 1996 album State of Affairs. Although the album was well received by critics, it was not commercially successful compared to Kool & the Gang's releases from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Record label|
|1989||Master of the Game||–||77||MCA|
|1991||Feel the Need||–||–|
|1993||Baby I'm Back||–||–|
|2000||A Brand New Me||–||–||Interscope Records|
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US R&B HipHop
|1989||"All I Want Is Forever" (duet with Regina Belle)||2||—||Tap OST|
|"Sister Rosa"||53||—||Master of the Game|
|1990||"Master of the Game"||—||—|
|"8 Days a Week" (US only)||81||—|
|1991||"Long Hot Summer Night"||13||63||Feel the Need|
|"Heart to Heart" (duet with Stephanie Mills) (US promo)||65||—|
|"Feel the Need" (UK only; US promo)||—||57|
|1992||"Follow Me" (UK only)||—||59|
|1993||"Baby I'm Back" (US promo)||65||—||Baby I'm Back|
|1994||"Prove My Love" (US promo)||—||—|
|1999||"Sex on the Beach" (US only)||—||—||A Brand New Me|
|2000||"How" (US only)||82||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|