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Charity / Fundraiser / Performance
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James Taylor will give a special performance at Centennial Celebration: Once in a Lifetime, a gala charity event that will raise funds for the international humanitarian organization Save the Children.

The event will be hosted by Jennifer Garner, and take place October 2 in Beverly Hills. Oprah Winfrey will be on hand to present the organization’s Centennial Award to The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger.

A similar celebration in New York City September 12 will honor designer Tommy Hilfiger. Both galas mark Save the Children’s 100th anniversary.

In other James Taylor news, he’s one of the many special guests on Sheryl Crow‘s upcoming album Threads, due out August 30. Last month, James joined Sheryl at the Newport Folk Festival for an impromptu performance of “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”

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Benefit Concert / Charity / Photos

James Taylor performs at ‘The Nearness Of You Concert’ in Honor of Michael Brecker at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photos by Nicholas Hunt)

Article / Donation / Tour 2018

James Taylor is apologizing to fans following the cancellation of Friday night’s gala celebration at the Times Union Center.

The singer-songwriter and his wife have made a $10,000 donation to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center, which was supposed to get part of the proceeds.

We thank superstar James Taylor & his wife, Albany native Kim Hessberg Taylor, for their generous $10K donation to our Pediatric Emergency Department. What a wonderful and kind gift! Our new emergency department, exclusively for children & teens, is scheduled to open this summer! pic.twitter.com/k3W1JwhWjG

— AlbanyMedicalCenter (@AlbanyMed) January 22, 2018

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Benefit Concert / Charity

An all-star lineup featuring Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and others is set to perform at a huge benefit for hurricane victims in Texas.

Dubbed the Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas Benefit Concert, the show is set for Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Also featured are Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges, Edie Brickell and house band Asleep at the Wheel. Charlie Sexton, a longtime member of Bob Dylan‘s band, will serve as musical director.

Their performances will be broadcast live at 7PM on 11 TV stations around the state, and each station will have phone banks set up to take donations. An hour of the benefit will also stream everywhere on YouTube.com/TexasStrong from 9-10PM CT, the Austin American-Statesman reports. During the stream, Google will match donations up to $500,000, according to Rolling Stone.

Tickets range from $30 to $199, and go on sale at 3PM CT today at RebuildTX.org, with all proceeds going toward the Rebuild Texas Fund. This newly created nonprofit is sending 100 percent of the donations toward relief efforts. Administrative costs are being covered by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation.

“This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities, big and small, that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey,” Michael Dell said in a news release. “We will be rebuilding for years to come.” “For us, this is personal,” his wife Susan Dell added.

Others set to appear include Matthew McConaughey, Renee Zellweger, Dan Rather, Luke Wilson, Ryan Bingham, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Mexican pop duo Ha*Ash.


Charity / Variety Club benefit / Videos

Touring artists performing benefit concerts can do their standard gig, raise some money and blow right back out of town. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Or they can dig a little deeper and do what James Taylor did at the Peabody Opera House on Saturday night as the headliner for the Variety Club’s annual Dinner with the Stars benefit.

Taylor stopped twice during the show to speak movingly of the charity and its work. “It’s so inspiring to meet all the people involved and to see such an earnest and real outpouring of concern,” he said. “The parents here are the real heroes.”

Later, he went even further, bringing the Variety Children’s Chorus out for the show’s finale, which included a singalong of his hit “Shower the People.”

The rest of Taylor’s performance was special in that it featured the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singing with a new mostly acoustic configuration of his band, which featured luminaries Dean Parks on guitar and Russ Kunkel on percussion. “This is like a chamber orchestra phase,” he joked at one point.

Of course, hushed, laid-back arrangements are the perfect setting for many of Taylor’s classic songs, and, after opening with the folk song standard “The Water Is Wide,” he delivered one after another, including “Secret o’ Life,” “Carolina in My Mind” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.”

The intimate mood of the show led Taylor to tell a few stories. He recounted playing “Something in the Way She Moves,” to audition for Paul McCartney and George Harrison,” which made him “nervous as a Chihuahua on methamphetamine,” he said.

McCartney liked the song so much that he signed him to the Beatles’ Apple Records, Taylor said. “George liked it so much, he went home and wrote it himself,” he cracked, referring to the first line of Harrison’s “Something.”

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