The son of late-night talk show pioneer Larry Finley, Finley grew up in the Los Angeles, California area where many of his childhood friends were the children of celebrities. At a young age, he decided to pursue a music career. He became the first white soft rock artist signed to the Motown Records label. While never achieving commercial success as a recording artist, several of his songs were recorded by popular artists including Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, and Debbie Boone in the 1970s. He also composedscores for a number of motion pictures and TV shows. In spite of this growing good fortune early in his professional life, Finley has said he still felt something was missing in his personal life. Seeking to fill this void, he abandoned his music career and left for India and the Far East in 1979 to study spiritual teachings and the principles of self-awareness.
In addition to his writing, Finley teaches inner-life classes at the Life of Learning Foundation in Merlin, Oregon, a non-profit organization of which he is founder and director. He also hosts a monthly live call-inradio program, Guy Finley Live on HealthyLife.net, as well a weekly syndicated program, Letting Go with Guy Finley.
The OneJourney Project, an outreach program of Life of Learning Foundation, was inaugurated in conjunction with the publication of Finley's book The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred. The purpose of the project is to share the message that all human beings have a wish to connect with the Divine, that all religions have at their core the same timeless principles, and that if all of us understood this, it could lead to greater compassion among people and a more peaceful world.