James "J.T." Taylor|
aka JT Taylor
16 August 1953, Laurens, South Carolina, USA
James "J.T." Taylor was a schoolteacher and amateur nightclub singer from New Jersey. When he was 13 years old, he and his friends started their own band. He joined Kool & The Gang in 1978. He was the band's lead singer between 1979 and 1988. In 1988, he separated amicably from Kool & The Gang. He released four solo albums until 2003. Signing with MCA, he started his solo career and released his debut album "Master of the Game", in 1989. Taylor found a hit on his first at-bat: a duet with Regina Belle called "All I Want Is Forever". Two singles from that album, "Sister Rosa" and "8 Days a Week," became hits. He completed his second solo album, "Feel the Need" in 1991, and two songs from that, "Long Hot Summer Night" and his duet with Stephanie Mills, "Heart to Heart", were hits. After that he also released "Baby I'm Back" in 1993, and last year he completed a successful tour of Japan. He made both his Hollywood and Broadway acting debuts in "The Mambo Kings" and "Raisin", respectively. He returned the band in 1995. After releasing All-Time Greatest Hits, he departed again to continue his solo career. He released A Brand New Me in 2001.