James Taylor appeared as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where he performed “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” a selection off his Grammy Award-nominated album, American Standard.
Backed by a violinist and a second acoustic guitarist, Taylor put his own spin on the poignant and timely Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, originally composed for the 1949 musical South Pacific.
Taylor’s performance comes on the heels of his latest release – a three-song EP that serves as a companion piece to American Standard, which found the artist putting his own special touch on works by some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century.
Offered as a surprise to his fans last Friday, Over The Rainbow – The American Standard EP, includes previously unreleased songs from Taylor’s sessions for his 19th studio album: “Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg; “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” from the 1956 musical My Fair Lady, penned by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner; and “Never Never Land,” written by Jules Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green for the 1954 musical Peter Pan.
This Friday, November 27, fans can find an expanded edition of American Standard, featuring those three additional tracks, exclusively on Amazon.
Yesterday, the Recording Academy counted American Standard among their 2021 nominees for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, marking Taylor’s 19th Grammy nod. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has previously won five Grammy Awards.
Upon its release in February, American Standard debuted at No.4 on the Billboard 200, and at No.1 on the Top Album Sales, Top Rock, and Top Americana/Folk charts. American Standard also broke a new record, making Taylor the first artist to score a Top 10 album in each of the last six decades.
American Standard is available now and can be bought here.