Taylor York

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Taylor York
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York performing as part of Paramore at Steel Blue Oval in 2010.
Born Taylor Benjamin York
(1989-12-17) December 17, 1989 (age 27)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
Years active 2002–present
Musical career
  • Guitar
  • drums
  • vocals
  • keyboards[1]
Associated acts Paramore
Website paramore.net
Notable instruments

Taylor Benjamin York (born December 17, 1989) is an American musician, songwriter, producer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Paramore.[2][3] His brother, Justin York, was a touring member of Relient K and currently tours with Paramore.[4]


York was born on December 17, 1989 and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. His father is Peter York, a music executive at Sparrow Records who is also a guitarist, and taught the instrument to both Taylor and his brother Justin.

York had been in a band with the Farro brothers (Josh Farro and Zac Farro) before the two met Hayley Williams, and took part in writing songs such as "Conspiracy" from their debut album, All We Know is Falling. York has played with Paramore since 2007.[5]


York has stated that his favorite artists include mewithoutYou, Radiohead, Kent, Yann Tiersen, At the Drive-In, Failure, Björk, Kadawatha and Paper Route.[6]


Taylor had done backup vocals when he was younger for All We Know is Falling. He joined Paramore after the departure of Hunter Lamb in 2007 as their rhythm guitarist.[7] In the liner notes for the group's second album, Riot!, Hayley Williams, Josh Farro and Zac Farro included him on their list of 'thank-you's.

After the release of Riot!, Paramore released a live album, The Final Riot. York was credited as a member of the band in the liner notes and was later officially acknowledged by Paramore as an official member on June 15, 2009. After Josh and Zac Farro left the band, Williams said that she was sure Taylor would leave the band as well. “When it went down, it was hard for me to make a decision. I just wasn't ready. I broke down and started crying at one point and I just knew that I wasn't done and that I loved being in a band with Jeremy and Hayley so much. I still had a lot more to do with the band, so I just looked forward and did it,” said York. Williams also stated that she was not that close to Taylor at the time. He has taken part in the writing and recording of their albums since.[8][9][10]