virtual sixth band member: Steve Taylor
purpose, position: producer, lyricist, video director, rapping,
sense for humor, special advice, friend
- full name: Roland Stephen Taylor
- birthday: December 9, 1957
- birthplace: Brawley, California (USA)
- from: grew up in Denver, Colorado (USA)
- now living in: ? (USA)
- known as: Steve
- married to: D. L. (Debbie) Taylor
[she's a successful painterher works include
cover art to a number of albums such as Steve's "The Best We Could
Find" and "I Predict 1990," Sixpence
None The Richer's self-titled release on Squint Entertainment and
Rob Frazier's "Retrospect."]
- parents: father: Rev. Roland Samuel /
mother: Gayle Yvonne
- siblings: brother Jim, sister Dawn
- current job: working full time as a film
- position/ purpose for the band: For the
Newsboys he is something like the "virutal sixth band member"
because of his heavily involvement on the production and lyrics front
not to forget his special sense for humor, irony and satire. Peter often
mentioned his ability to capture in beautiful lyrics what Peter or the
other Boys have in mind to put in their songs. Without Steve Taylor
the Newsboys wouldn't be there where they are now. Steve equipped them
with the right things just in time when the band needed it the most.
A lot of people associate Steve and the Newsboys with each other as
he became a prominent role in the band's career and is recalled with
some of their biggest moments with songs (and music videos) like "Shine,"
"Breakfast" and also "He Reigns."Steve is
a great friend of the band (and also of the past members), he's some
kind of mastermind for them... ;-)
solo career: He started in (Christian)
music with his first own live set in 1982. He signed with "Sparrow
Records"; in 1987/88 he retired from Christian music to pursue
other music projects. In 1992 he made a comeback as the producer for
the Newsboys; in 1993 he released another solo album entitled "Squint"
(!) now with the label "Warner Alliance." In 1995 he also
released a live album with them (entitled "Liver"); while
Sparrow released an anthology for him in 1994 (entitled "Now The
Truth Can Be Told").
Taylor (who wrote and directed Newsboys' movie DUTBT)here
pictured in a scene together with Phil Joel (left). The picture
is a screen shot from the special and very rare "Behind the
Scenes of Down Under the Big Top" video.
- other bands: he was once in a band called
Guevara around the early 1990s...
- record label boss: In 1996 Steve announced
the founding of his own label; then in 1997 he started "Squint
Entertainment" (as a division of Word Entertainment), he was owner/VIP
of the label, leaded a lot of artists to late great fame (Sixpence
None The Richer, Chevelle,
To Cashmere, Waterdeep,
and was a source of inspiration for the whole (Christian) music scene.
In 2000/2001 Word took over Squint and so he couldn't continue with
his own label. This Squint story had no happy end but Steve found new
hope and inspiration so he later appeared again as producer & lyricist
for the Newsboys and pursued some other projects.
- film & video director: Being a creative
and passionate director and film maker Steve has directed music videos
and John, Rich
None The Richer, Newsboys,
and two video albums for himself.
He was the director for the Newsboys music video for "Shine"
and also for the whole film project of "Down
Under The Big Top" - two instant Newsboys/ Steve Taylor classics
where he also got involved himself on the screen.His newest film
project as the director is "The
Second Chance" a great Christian movie with Michael
W. Smith in the leading role. This project released in early 2006.
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