James Taylor Writing Songs For Next Album

James Taylor says his next priority is his first album of original material since 2002's "October Road."

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After a holiday set (2006's "A Christmas Album"), a live album (2007's "One Man Band") and his upcoming "Covers" collection, James Taylor says his next priority is his first album of original material since 2002's "October Road."

"I've got a start" on the project, the veteran singer/songwriter tells Billboard.com. "I have songs in various stages of completion (that) I need to go back and finish. This year coming up I intend to finish it."

Taylor says that the hang-up these days is that he's taken an increased role in managing his career - in addition to being the father of seven-year-old twins. "There's a lot more work," he explains. "I basically have to book the time into my calendar to go and write. You have to book everything, essentially."

Taylor says that he has "one more studio album, maybe two, of my own stuff" in him. He also hopes to record an album with orchestral accompaniment, echoing live performances he's done in recent years, and he plans to create "a series of guitar lessons" to teach the rudiments of his "simple style."

"I'm just proceeding in a way of working through these things I really want to do," Taylor says. "There are these things I want to get done, and I'm trying to get all of them on the calendar for some time in the future, even if you have to re-think them repeatedly."

Taylor's focus right now, however, is rolling out "Covers," a dozen interpretations of rock and R&B favorites he recorded in January with his Band Of Legends at his barn in western Massachusetts.

On Monday, Taylor and company will perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., as part of the show's "50 States In 50 Days" road trip. Taylor has subsequent appearances booked on "The Colbert Report" and "The Tonight Show" and will be a guest on Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose and Elvis Costello's programs.

Meanwhile, a special in-store performance is planned for October 2 at Border's Books & Music in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Thanks for the info to Billboard.com.

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