Who is Caroline Smedvig? The Untold Truth About James Taylor’s Wife

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Who is Caroline Smedvig? The Untold Truth About James Taylor’s Wife
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A six-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor’s wife Caroline Smedvig (aka Caroline Elisabeth Hessberg or Kim) is a former director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a popular orchestra in Boston. After leaving the company, Smedvig started working as a trustee for BSO.

The couple has been married for over a decade and is also blessed with two children. Besides, did you know that Caroline was previously married to a late virtuoso classical trumpeter Rolf Smedvig? Find out about her parents’ demise, other family details, and more. 

Birth Date31st May 1953
Sun SignGemini
ParentsAlbert Hessberg and Elisabeth Fitzsimons Goold
SiblingsAlbert and Philip
HusbandJames Taylor
Extra-Marital AffairsNo
ChildrenRufus and Henry Taylor (Twins)
Net Worth$1 Million

Who Is Caroline Smedvig?

Caroline Smedvig aka Kim Taylor is a writer, newspaper reporter, and musician. She is the former Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she also worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

When Did She Begin Her Career? 

She started working for the company as a publicist in 1980 and associated professionally with the company until leaving BSO in 2004. She later became a trusted advisor for Volpe. In 2007, Caroline was designated as a board member of its overseers and in Sept of the year, started serving as a trustee.

Prior to BSO, Smedvig also worked for a couple of newspapers. She was a writer for the local Knickerbocker News during her college years. Later on, Kim also worked for the Springfield Daily News, an old afternoon paper.

James Taylor’s Wife Caroline Smedvig Age & Parents

Caroline Smedvig is age 71 as of 2024. She was born on 31st May 1953. She was raised in Albany, New York State. Smedvig is the daughter of father Albert Hessberg and mother Elisabeth Fitzsimons Goold.

Her dad who graduated from Yale University was a prominent Albany lawyer and a senior partner in the firm of Hiscock & Barclay. Furthermore, Albert was also president of the Albany County Bar Association.

Besides, regarding her nationality, Smedvig is an American and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity.

Both of Her Parents Died

Her father, a long-time board member of the Albany Medical Center died in Jan 1995 at the Albany Medical Center. Talking about the cause of death, Albert passed away from cancer at the age of 78.

On the other hand, Caroline’s mother Elisabeth passed away in 1991.

Grew Up With Her two Siblings

Caroline has two siblings; brothers named Albert of Albany and Philip of Atlanta.

Her Education

Smedvig attended Albany Academy for Girls, graduating in the year 1971. She later went to college in North Hampton. She is also an alumnus of Smith College and University.

Caroline Smedvig & Husband James Taylor’s Marriage

The couple has been leading a blissful married life since 2001 and their relationship has only gotten stronger. As for their wedding, it took place on 18th February of the year in Lindsey Chapel, part of Boston’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church. They wed in front of their fifty friends and family members.

James Taymor wife Caroline Smedvig biography
Caroline and her hubby James at their wedding. Source: Facebook
Besides, Caroline and her hubby James who have been together for a long time are incredibly supportive of each other. And they both are also quite open regarding their enduring marriage. Along with their often public appearances, they were also frequently spotted together performing on musical stages.

James And Caroline Began Dating Two Years After Their First Encounter

Caroline first met her future husband Taylor back in 1993, when Taylor played a Boston Pops show at Symphony Hall which was conducted by John Williams. But, the two wouldn’t start dating until the year 1995. Why? because it was only in the year 1995 that James was allowed to see anyone.

In an old interview, the artist said,

“I remember her from that time, and it was a couple of years later that I was free to see anyone.”

Moreover, James also expressed his delayed relationship with Carolina by writing a song. In the song, one of the verses states,

“Caroline I See You.”

He further wrote,

“Caroline, I love you, though I’m late to say so.”

Caroline & Taylor Children: She Is The Mother of Twins

The two welcomed their biological twins, Rufus and Henry Taylor in April 2001. The twins were born via an unnamed surrogate mother who was a family friend of Taylor as per the Boston Herald reports. The unknown surrogate mom underwent in vitro fertilization in 2000. And the pregnancy news came out a month before their twins were born.

Caroline Smedvig’s First Husband

Before marrying Taylor, Caroline was in a marital relationship with Rolf Thorstein Smedvig, the late orchestra’s principal trumpeter. The former flames exchanged their vows back in December 1980 in Albany. However, their relationship didn’t last long and they went their separate ways after a few years of their marriage.

Following their separation, Rolf went on to marry Kelly Holub.

Husband James Taylor Also Married Twice Before Caroline

The legendary artist was first married to actress Carly Simon in November 1972. The two led a happy married life for several years before their divorce in 1983. The former flames also shared two kids Sally and Ben. Like their father, both of their children have also shared the same love for music. Especially, James’ daughter Sarah Maria Taylor has built a highly successful path as a singer.

For the second time, Taylor went on to marry his second wife Kathryn Walker on 14th December 1985. Their wedding ceremony was organized at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

However, their marital relationship also dissolved after over a decade of marriage in 1996.

Caroline Smedvig’s Net Worth

Sources say that Caroline has an estimated net worth of $500,000 as of 2022. In addition, her hubby James’ fortune is $80 million at present. He has earned such massive wealth from his extensive music career that has spanned over a half-century and more.

Caroline and her spouse currently reside in Lenox.


Who Is The Mother of James Taylor’s Twins?

Caroline Smedvig is the mother of James Taylor’s twins who they welcomed via surrogacy in April 2001.

How Did James Taylor Meet Caroline Smedvig?

The couple met during James’ performance with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall in 1993. At the time Caroline worked as a marketing & PR officer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Did James Taylor Date Joni Mitchell?

Yes, he was in a relationship with Canadian-American musician Joni. They began dating after they connected creatively.


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