As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning countless awards, including multiple Grammys. He has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. In 2015 Taylor released Before This World, which earned him his first ever #1 album on the Billboard Charts and a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Also in 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor. Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016, which are presented to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.