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Roland Stephen Taylor (born December 9, 1957) is an American singer, songwriter, and director born in Brawley, California, and reared in Denver, Colorado.

Taylor’s life took an unusual turn in 1979 when he was first of the 100 chosen, from 20,000 applicants, to spend the summer at John Davidson’s summer camp. At the camp, Taylor spent time learning from singers like Tony Orlando, Florence Henderson, and John Davidson. Also that year, Taylor heard one of his biggest influences, The Clash’s London Calling. “It saved my life, musically,” said Taylor.

Taylor recorded a demo of original songs that took the Contemporary Christian music world by surprise. Taylor first began to write for the musical group The Continentals, then recorded his debut solo EP I Want To Be A Clone in 1982 and released it in January, 1983.

Taylor quickly gained a reputation as a “controversial” artist, using his lyrical ability to sharply criticize other Christian beliefs and practices that he believed were incompatible with Biblical Christianity. However, his lyrics would also prove to be quite humorous as well.

In 1984, Taylor recorded his first full length album, Meltdown with some of the demo material that was not included on Clone plus some new material. His video single of the title track, Meltdown (At Madame Tussaud’s) was widely played on MTV, which was unusual for a Christian artist at the time. The video featured an appearance by actress Lisa Whelchel, from NBC’s The Facts of Life television series.

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  • DrSlump7

    new album from Steve Taylor! you can support him on Kickstarter even though the project is already funded.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Mako3434

    Check out the interview by Arlene Barshinger and I on Blog talk Radio's "N The Queue". We talk to Steve about his most recent project, "Blue Like Jazz" the movie. We also discuss the upcoming solo album, his first in 20 years, coming out later this year. And we get into the old days of Meltdown, Clone, and On The Fritz, discuss lyrics, meanings and have a lot of fun. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nthequeue/2013/05/29/christian-singerdirector-steve-taylor

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

    Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Number's Up? <><

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Oopcident

    He is a film director now, he just released a movie called "Blue Like Jazz", based off that book.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • UltraJohnny

    Am I In Sync?

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Rtaylor32

    You might be referring to his clone. . .but seriously the Steve Taylor who played with 16 horsepower is not the Roland Stephen Taylor pictured in the above profile picture. See http://www.16horsepower.com/img/biosteve.jpg for a pic of the Steve Taylor associated with 16 horsepower.

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Drazba

    well- did(this) steve taylor play(guitar) and tour with 16 horsepower in the late 90's-and if so for how long?thanks in advance

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • EthanTudorW

    In case anyone want's to tune in... Dave Thrush will be doing a LIVE interview on Ethan Tudor W's "The Neverhood Show" at Blog Talk Radio, Monday Oct. 25th at 10am (PST). Dave will be on to talk about his days touring with Christian Superstar "Steve Taylor", and will be taking LIVE call in questions from the fans. It's at The Neverhood Show, www.blogtalkradio.com/ethantudorw. The LIVE call in number is 1-347-324-3691. Dave Thrush was the Sax Player with "Steve Taylor & Some Band" for MOST of Steve's touring career. Be sure to check out this show and tune in!

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Stephen_Miller

    Thanks for your hard work Steve! See ya at Cornerstone '10 !!!?

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • jsminch

    Thank you Steve for always expressing God in a way that pierces my heart.

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Truly a great man, even though I no longer consider myself a Christian.

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • tonypartida

    The inspiration for many other artists, as well as the catalyst for some of their successes in the Christian music industry, Steve Taylor is truly an original artist in many ways. My only wish is that he would distribute some new material.

    3 Oct 2009 Reply
  • svtsound

    haha i have the same name as him!

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Jasper_Illusian

    Steve Taylor is a GENIUS. *dies* Jesus Is For Losers. Brilliant, brilliant.

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • batemkg1

    I've been listening to Steve Taylor since 1987 and I don get sick of it! Love it!

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • aderier

    I like this music.

    2 Dec 2008 Reply
  • OneSalient

    Do you love Steve Taylor but hate Christian music? http://www.last.fm/group/Christian+Music+sucks

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • paulgear

    Took them long enough! BTW, OnFritz.com has a full copy of the Lament of Desmond promo album, with full songs and commentary. I personally think that the first five and the last songs on Squint are Steve Taylor's finest moments.

    10 Oct 2007 Reply
  • patchcali

    They show up there now! (:

    29 Jul 2007 Reply
  • jandsroberts

    That's a good question! Go figure....

    4 Apr 2007 Reply
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