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Singer-songwriter James Taylor performs in concert at the Giant Center on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Hershey, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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James Taylor will perform April 23 at UTC's McKenzie Arena. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

James Taylor, who has sold more then 100 million records in a career that has lasted almost five decades, will perform April 23 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena.

Tickets are $65 and $85 and will go on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.

Known for his warm baritone and distinctive style of guitar-playing, Taylor released his breakthrough album, "Sweet Baby James," in 1970 and his last, "Before This World," a year ago; it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has been nominated for Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.

He has won five Grammys and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

His huge catalog of songs includes such memorable soft-rock classics as "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "Something in the Way She Moves," "Mexico," "Shower the People," "Your Smiling Face," "Carolina In My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "You Can Close Your Eyes" and "Walking Man."

He was among the first artists signed to The Beatles' new Apple Records in 1968. His audition was in front of George Harrison and Paul McCartney. He sang Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" in 1971 and it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. His performance on the song later won a Grammy for Best Pop Male Vocal.

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