Filmmaker/writer/producer/recording artist Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism magazine) from a body of work that’s garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly, Addy and Dove awards and nominations.
As a filmmaker, he is the director/co-writer/producer of Blue Like Jazz, based on Donald Miller’s New York Times bestselling memoir. The movie had its world premiere in March, 2012 at the South By Southwest Film Festival, and was released theatrically nationwide via Roadside Attractions (Winter’s Bone, Margin Call). The film’s unique funding garnered national press due to its then record-setting raise of $345,000 from 4,500 backers on Kickstarter.com. His debut feature, The Second Chance, had its nationwide theatrical release in 2006 via Sony Pictures Releasing.
His career as a recording artist earned him two Grammy nominations for Meltdown (1984) and Squint (1993), and his resume as a producer includes the Platinum-certified Sixpence None The Richer and their worldwide smash hit “Kiss Me.” He is also the producer of three Gold-certified albums for Australian pop/rock band Newsboys and has written the lyrics to most of their biggest hits, including “Shine,” “Breakfast,” and ASCAP Song of the Year “He Reigns.”
As a speaker, Steve has delivered keynote addresses to the National Youth Workers Convention and shared his story and wit at festivals, chapel services and master classes around the globe, including Stanford University, England’s Greenbelt Festival, New Zealand’s Parachute Festival, the University of Texas at Austin, New England’s Soulfest, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Lee University, Greenville College, John Brown University, Dordt College, Colorado Christian University and many others. Additionally, Steve was recently named filmmaker-in-residence at Lipscomb University’s new Film and Creative Media Master’s Program.