James "J.T." Taylor

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James "J.T." Taylor
Birth name James Warren Taylor
Also known as JT Taylor
Born (1953-08-16) August 16, 1953 (age 64)
Laurens, South Carolina
Origin South Carolina
Genres R&B, soul, funk, post-disco, electro
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, bass synthesizer
Years active 1978–present
Labels MCA Records
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[edit]

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 frontman for years to come. Taylor and Kool & the Gang's next three albums were also successful including the 1980 album, Celebrate! which produced perhaps the group's most recognizable hit to date, "Celebration".

Solo career[edit]

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 which produced several hits including the album's first single, "All I Want Is Forever", a duet with Regina Belle. Another single, "The Promised Land" was included on 1989's Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack.

In 1991, Taylor released his second solo album, Feel The Need, which garnered the hits, "Long Hot Summer Night" and "Heart To Heart", a duet with Stephanie Mills.

1993 saw the release of the singer's third solo album, Baby I'm Back, followed by his fourth solo album in 2000 entitled A Brand New Me.

1996: Kool & the Gang reunion[edit]

During Taylor's solo career, 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 in comparison to Kool & the Gang's releases from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Acting career[edit]

During the 1990s, Taylor began his acting career in earnest appearing in the 1992 Hollywood film The Mambo Kings, and the long-running Broadway musical, Raisin.


Studio albums[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "James "J.T." Taylor - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "James "J.T." Taylor - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

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