Taylor, son of UAB cardiologist James Taylor Sr, grew up in Homewood, graduating from Homewood High School in 1989. He next attended the University of Montevallo, receiving a B.A. in English in 1994. He then worked as a reporter for The Clanton Advertiser for three years before moving to Washington, D.C. There he was the editor of School-to-Work, a national education publication, and later director of communications for the non-profit Smart Card Forum.
In 2001, Taylor graduated from the Miami Ad School copywriting program and went on to work at advertising agencies in Amsterdam, San Francisco, Memphis and Birmingham. Upon his return to Birmingham, Taylor became a downtown loft resident and active in the community. In 2004 he became president of the Central City Neighborhood Association (CCNA) and vice-president of the Northside community. As CCNA president, Taylor founded 1040 Fest in 2005 and organized the Bark for a Park movement to establish an off-leash dog park in Birmingham. In 2006, he wrote The Moretti Code, a parody of The Da Vinci Code. With his family, including his father, he helped re-develop the former Kessler Building into Kessler Lofts, where he lived with his wife and child. He is also the president of BirminghamArt.org.
- Van der Bijl, Hanno (January 28, 2019) "Birmingham financial expert launching bar tab app startup." Birmingham Business Journal
- BirminghamArt.org web site