Today we are excited to announce (with help from the King of all Media, Howard Stern) SiriusXM’s James Taylor Channel. This limited-run 24/7 commercial-free music channel will feature music from the iconic singer-songwriter’s entire catalog, including all seventeen of his studio albums—music from his early albums like Sweet Baby James to his biggest selling album JT as well as his Covers album and his soon to be released Before This World album. Taylor will discuss his career as well as the recording of his new album Before the World, his first album of new material in 13 years, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 16. The James Taylor Channel will also feature classic James Taylor concert performances.
The James Taylor Channel will launch on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 pm ET and will air through Sunday, June 21, via satellite on channel 17, and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
“We are very proud to present a live performance by James Taylor at the famed Apollo for our subscribers. James Taylor was the singer-songwriter for a generation who continue to be avid fans of his work today,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “James Taylor’s body of work, song writing, and even his activism through the years is a vivid reminder of his artistry and brilliance. It will be another special night for us at the Apollo, and a one of a kind event with James Taylor.”
The special performance will also be made available on inactive SiriusXM radios as part of SiriusXM’s free listening preview program, which will begin May 19 and run through June 1. (Some older Sirius satellite radios may not be capable of receiving the free listening preview channels.)
The legendary non-profit Apollo Theater is known for launching the careers of countless iconic performers, and has been a catalyst for artistic excellence and innovation since it opened its doors in 1934. The Apollo’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy and new Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.
Additionally, James Taylor will sit down for a Q&A session at the SiriusXM studios in New York City as part of the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series. The Q&A session will feature Taylor discussing his new album, Before This World, with a select group of listeners. “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with James Taylor” will air on Taylor’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, on Friday, June 19 at 5:00 pm ET.
SiriusXM has presented special, private concerts at the Apollo Theater with Paul McCartney in 2010, Bruce Springsteen in 2012, Metallica in 2013 and Pitbull—which is scheduled to take place on May 19, 2015.
James Taylor Channel is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and leading artists, including Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Siriusly Sinatra, Tiësto’s Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.