Burnell Taylor was born on April 14, 1993, in from New Orleans, Louisiana. Taylor graduated from Sarah T. Reed High School in 2011. He and his family were survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Taylor auditioned in Baton Rouge, singing “I’m Here”. He performed the same song during the semifinals and made it to the top 10. During the top 10, 9, and 8 weeks, he was favored by judges and Jimmy Iovine (when compared to the other boys). He received the lowest amount of votes after his top 7 performance of “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, and was sent home on April 4, 2013 after the judges decided against using their “Judges’ Save” power.