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Ben Taylor Live Session

As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the world, but initially it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer.
Taylor was raised in Manhattan and spent time in various private schools before leaving them behind in ninth grade. By then, he'd taught himself how to play guitar, but traveling the world and connecting with nature were Taylor's passion. Trips across Asia and Europe opened his eyes to Earth's greatest wonders, leading him to think he might like to be a gardener or a farmer, Taylor would soon come to realize that music was the only career he'd understand.

He dropped by JPR ahead of the release of his as-yet untitled album, the follow-up to 2012's Listening.


As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.