March 16, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Mary 2
By now many of you have heard that Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform during Queen Mary 2’s 19th June 2009 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton. He becomes part of the Cunard family of celebrities who have travelled with the line over the last 169 years. James Taylor will headline two Cunard Command Performances in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre during the six-day voyage.
Over the course of his career, he has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for works ranging from ‘Sweet Baby James’ in 1970 to ‘Covers’, his most recent album featuring his own interpretation of tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s and for which he was nominated for two 2009 Grammy Awards. One of his most well known covers is probably the 1971 “You’ve Got a Friend” which also earned him a Grammy. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was one of a select few music artists who performed for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
James Taylor said “I’ve always wanted to take an ocean liner back to Europe. It’s such a civilised way to go and Queen Mary 2 is the last word in first class travel. It seemed an impossible dream to use the passage to transport and rehearse our summer tour: band, crew and family; kit and caboodle. I’m certainly looking forward to the pair of concerts at the end of the trip and, hallelujah, no jet lag.”
James Taylor will also take time out of his rehearsal schedule and be interviewed by Queen Mary 2′s Entertainment Director in front of a live audience in association with Cunard Insights. Following the interview guests will have the opportunity to take photographs with and get autographs from iconic music man.
Apparently there are still some staterooms available so for fans of James Taylor – this could be one of the most stylish ways of getting to see him perform in an up close and intimate setting.
Information about performance days, showtimes and ticketing for the two performances will communicated on board Queen Mary 2 after departing New York.
Thank you again for logging on and I will be back as usual on Thursday with more news. Cheers – Alastair