Legendary singer/songwriter and guitarist, James Taylor, and his wife, Kim Taylor, have donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to aid in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The now 72-year-old world-renowned musician has multiple personal ties to the medical facility, being born in the hospital in March 1948 and his father, Isaac, completing his residency at MGH, achieving a chief resident position there, and conducting research at the Boston-based institution.
In a combined statement announcing their philanthropic feat, the Taylors wrote:
"There is no question that it’s a point of pride for New Englanders to claim the MGH as their hospital — our hospital — and this is especially true today with the threat coming from a new and insidious virus. Kim and I want to be part of this fight. We have been so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the health care heroes in the trenches who are working so hard to protect us all."
Throughout the course of his six-decade music career, James Taylor has become one of the world's best-selling artists of all-time, selling over 100 million records worldwide. The father of four is responsible for platinum-selling hits like his first-ever chart-topping single "You've Got A Friend," "Fire & Rain," "Carolina On My Mind" as well as covers "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," "Handy Man," and more. Taylor has racked up a total of five Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and hopes to continue to tour with his All-Star Band in the upcoming summer months (Tickets).
On March 22, Taylor and company hosted a social distancing livestream allowing fans to ask him questions on the spot all the while encouraging the masses to maintain quarantine protocol and practice good hygiene.
Now, James Taylor and his wife have lent the Massachusetts General Hospital the financial assistance the institution so desperately needs during this troubling global pandemic. After all of these years, James Taylor is still having an impact on his community and the world in general, be it through his legendary discography or his philanthropic deeds.