Jeremy grew up in Bluff City, Tennessee, the youngest of six children. He is the son of Tracy, a band manager, and Michael Taylor. Jeremy traveled with his mother and developed a stage persona that intrigued his family. At the age of eight, Jeremy was signed to a talent manager and began his acting career. In a video from 2017, Jeremy stated that his real name is Raymond, and uses Jeremy Ray as his stage name after his pen pal wrote a song about him before he passed away.