Born James Vincent Young, he is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who has played lead guitar for the rock band Styx. He has released three solo records.
He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a a degree in aerospace engineering.
In addition to the Stratocaster guitar, he also plays keyboard, which he started learning at the age of five.
He grew up in Chicago with his family. In 1972, he married Susan Godsted.
The lead singer of TW4, Dennis DeYoung, brought Young on board with TW4, and they went on to become Styx.