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All About James Taylor’s Wife

Award-winning musician James Taylor has been married to Caroline Smedvig for two decades, and she inspired some of his most famous love songs, including “Caroline I See You.”

Caroline Smedvig may not be as famous as her Grammy-winning husband James Taylor, but she also loves music. His parents were Elisabeth Goold and Albert Hessberg II, but they died in 1991 and 1995 respectively.

Goold and Hessberg II were survived by Smedvig and his two brothers, Albert Hessberg III and Philip. Hessberg III followed in his father’s footsteps and became a lawyer, but the Third Judiciary Department of the New York Supreme Court’s Appeals Division disbarred him in June 2019.

James Taylor on January 28, 2019 in New York | Source: Getty Images

Smedvig’s brother pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud and filing a false tax return. He confessed to stealing more than $2 million from his business and clients to pay for tuition, income taxes and wedding expenses.

Taylor’s wife chose a different career path. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1975 and got a job as a journalist.

In 1980, Smedvig joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and eventually became its director of public relations and marketing – a position she left in 2004 after marrying Taylor.

James Taylor and his wife, Caroline Smedvig, on April 17, 2014 in New York | Source: Getty Images


Smedvig and Taylor met in 1993 at a gig with the BSO. However, they waited two years before trying love as he was married to his second wife, actress Kathryn Walker. More on Taylor’s previous wives later.

Taylor and Smedvig had their first date on July 3, 1995 (hence her hit love song “The 4th of July”) and were married on February 18, 2001 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston.

The famous musician is Smedvig’s second husband. She and Rolf T. Smedvig – the former principal trumpeter of the BSO – were married in December 1980.


Speaking of ex-partners, Taylor’s first wife was legendary singer Carly Simon. They walked down the aisle in 1972 and welcomed daughter Sally and son Ben, both musicians.

[Taylor] emphasized that parenting later in life was preferable.

The former couple divorced in 1983 and eventually lost touch. Two years later, Taylor married Kathryn Walker, who helped him get sober and quit his drug addiction. They were together for 11 years and separated in 1996.


When Taylor married Smedvig, he didn’t want to have any more children. However, he changed his mind after noticing how much he loved his wife.

Smedvig also wanted children, but they eventually learned she couldn’t have any. Instead of being discouraged, they turned to surrogacy and welcomed twins Rufus and Henry in April 2001.

Taylor had children at different times and emphasized parenting later in life. He said you finally feel ready and settled enough to expand your family.

The ‘Fire and Rain’ singer added that men should get married later in life because they don’t make good partners until they’re at least 35 and have already finished experimenting and hope for someone “different or better”.

James Taylor and Caroline Smedvig settled in Lenox, Massachusetts, and they are still involved with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. What a handsome couple !


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