Jon Harrison Taylor is a Los Angeles-based writer/actor/musician by way of Dallas, Texas. He is the youngest son of Stax icon Johnnie Taylor. Jon's acting career began as a little nine-year-old boy with a big Afro eating a giant hamburger for a supermarket commercial. As an adolescent, he appeared in the musicals such as The Wiz, Damn Yankees, and Little Shop of Horrors. At 15, Jon started singing lead vocals and playing guitar in rock bands and continued to lead groups throughout college. After moving to Los Angeles, Jon spent much of his time recording and traveling the world as a professional lead guitarist on Sony/Epic and Interscope, where he worked with Robin Thicke. He has played shows across the US and Europe and has appeared on Ellen, Soul Train, Top of the Pops, and more. After years on the road, Taylor decided to refocus his energies and attended the immersion program at The Los Angeles Film School where he honed his screenwriting skills. In 2017, he created, wrote (music and screenplay), produced, directed, and starred in the rock n’ roll comedy web series Sweet: The Show, which was nominated for Best Web Series at the prestigious 2018 Hollyweb Awards in Hollywood. Later that year, he played his father in the Baltimore Center Stage musical Soul: A Stax Story. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, London's Young Vic Theater Artistic Director, Taylor received positive reviews from The Washington Post as well as other major publications. Late 2019 afforded Taylor the chance to Executive Produce a short film called Harmony and Gold, written and directed by Al Pacino's daughter, Julie Pacino. Taylor spent the majority of 2020 writing two original television pilots and working on a feature.
Film & Television appearances
Jon has appeared on several TV shows on NBC, MTV, ABC, as well as several regional and national commercials.
Baltimore Center Stage| Soul... The Stax Musical | 2018
Wilson Pickett/Johnnie Taylor
Little Shop Of Horrors
Hey Pete Productions| Sweet The Show | 2018
Hey Pete Productions| Uncle B. On...| 2016
HalfBro | My Half Brother| 2015
Hey Pete Productions |The Love Echo| 2014
Margie Haber Acting Studio
Speiser Sturgess Acting Studio
Killian's Commercial Workshop
Los Angeles Film School