Legendary Singer Songwriter James Taylor Will Serve as The Voice 18 Mega Mentor
Legendary music icon James Taylor will serve as the Mega Mentor on Season 18 of NBC’s f musical competition series The Voice.
As The Voice Mega Mentor, Taylor will join coaches Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the artists remaining from the Battle Rounds and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin airing Monday, April 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).
As always, during the Knockout Rounds, the artists will be paired against a teammate again, but this time they will each select their own song to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. The coaches alone will choose the winner from their team to advance. Each coach will have one steal in the Knockouts.
New The Voice Twist: Four Way Knockout
In a new twist for the show this season, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will not automatically advance in the competition. Instead, those artists will compete in the first Four-Way Knockout. Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and Mega Mentor James Taylor in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout.
However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America. At the top of the final Knockouts episode, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances. Then, at the beginning of the first Live Show, host Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team.
The Voice season 18 three weeks of live shows were set to begin in May. But with coronavirus concerns halting movie and television production across the country, that schedule is up in the air.
James Taylor’s Long and Storied Career
Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards since the release of his self-titled debut album in 1968. In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, the first-ever #1 album of his career.
His new album, American Standard, is now available in stores and on digital and streaming platforms. Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and Taylor, “American Standard” reimagines some of the 20th century’s most beloved songs and making them Taylor’s own.
Also available now in the U.S. and Canada is Taylor’s first-ever Audible Original memoir titled Break Shot: My First 21 Years, which was produced by MTV/VH1 veteran Bill Flanagan. Taylor takes listeners through the triumphs and traumas of his childhood and difficult family life. “Break Shot” illuminates the deep connection he has with the songs on his new album.