Tayler Lynch Jumps From TV to Your Radio

tayler coverSometimes, the simplest of things make the biggest change.

Tayler Lynch was a teenager with a budding television acting career already under his belt when he heard a song that inspired him enough to change career paths.

“I heard Brad Paisley’s ‘Letter to Me’ on the radio one day,” he said. “And, it hit me right then, and I was like, ‘I want to do this. I want to affect people the way that song just affected me.’”

edited for blog interview2Three album releases later, the young songwriter and vocalist from Louisville, Ky., is making noise in Music City and beyond. He sat down and talked to us recently about his career, including “Pieces of Me,” his latest album project.

“Pieces of Me” features 10 songs, the majority of which Tayler wrote solo, bucking the Nashville trend of co-writing. “I kind of knew what I wanted to do (on the album), and I really didn’t know how to explain what I wanted to do,” he said. “So I thought, ‘you know what I’ll just do it. I’ll do it myself to see what happens.’ And, I also wanted to see if I could do it myself. I’d done a lot of co-writing and I wanted to give it a shot I wanted to see how good of a writer I really was on my own right and see if I could really do this on my own.”

He added, “I think there’s probably 2 or 3 songs I did a co-write on. The rest of them I wrote by myself, so a lot of the influences and the ideas and things like that came from different artists that I listen to, and really just what sounded good to me, what felt right to me.

“A lot of the songs came from me sitting around playing my guitar and experimenting with chord structure and things like that,” Tayler said. “I would play a couple of chords, and they sounded really good together, and I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to build a song around that,’ and then the idea for the actual lyric would hit me and it just kind of went together really well.”

If you haven’t heard Tayler’s music yet, you certainly will. And chances are good you have seen him on television. Even before he was in high school, Tayler had built a solid acting resume, including appearances on Grey’s AnatomyEverybody Hates ChrisDesperate Housewives and ER.

edited for blog interview3“I actually started out in the entertainment business as an actor, probably from the time I was in the third grade until right before my freshman year in high school,” Tayler said. “I would travel – my mom and I – back and forth to LA.”

His acting career, however, took a backseat when Tayler entered high school. “Before I started high school, I was told by the school that I needed to make a decision,” he explained. “Did I want to go to school, or did I want to travel back and forth to LA? Because they weren’t willing to work with me the same way my elementary school and middle school did.”

He said, “I decided that I wanted to have the normal high school career and experience all the things that come along with that. In doing so, I realized I really have a love and a passion for music that I hadn’t fully vetted out, because I had been doing acting; and, so I guess it kind of worked out in the long run.”

Acting’s loss became music’s gain. “Without being able to travel, I had to find something else to occupy my time with. And, I was like ‘I can do this music thing, and I’m actually passionate about this’ – and passionate in a way I really didn’t think I was at first.”

Tayler said he would give himself an A-minus for his writing on the “Pieces of Me” record. “While I am proud of it, and I do think I did really good work – and other people think I did really good work – I don’t want to give myself a perfect grade because there’s always room for improvement,” he said.

His favorite song on the album is “When He Gave Me You,” Tayler said. “I wrote that song for my parents, so it’s kind of got a special place in my heart, and between the three of us.”

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The Nashville music industry is taking note of Tayler, as well. For the past 2 years, he has been named an Emerging Artist at CMA Music Fest. And, he was recently the featured Artist of the Month at the “Welcome to Nashville” showcase at the legendary Silver Dollar Saloon. Back in his hometown, he has performed the National Anthem at several events at The University of Louisville, the latest being at the KFC Yum Center to more than 10,000 people. 

Tayler has also sung at  several breast cancer awareness events for the university. His grandmother is a 2-year survivor, and he lost two other grandparents to cancer. He said singing at events like these is him doing his part to help find a cure.

When he is touring, Tayler said playing clubs and festivals are his favorite venues, “just because people who are there, especially clubs, they’re there because there’s music. They’re there to hear somebody play.

“It’s a struggle sometimes when you go someplace where people aren’t necessarily expecting for there to be a band or there be music, and then you spend part of the time playing trying to get people warmed up to you, but if you’re at a club but you’re at a festival it’s kind of a given. You can jump right in,” he said.

Though he occasionally performs solo, he mostly fronts the Tayler Lynch Band. About his show, he quipped, “Think vintage Garth Brooks type of energy, and the hip shaking of Luke Bryan.”

He called Brooks, “a huge influence. He and George Strait are two of my biggest influences. In 5 years, I’m hoping to be signed to a label. I’m hoping to either probably to be an opening act for somebody. Hopefully now that Garth’s back on the road he might need me,” Tayler laughed.

Tayler hits Nashville at least once a month, usually to perform. He is studying music business online at the Berklee College of Music. ” I want to know as much about the business as I can,” he said. “For one it interests me. And, two, I don’t want to get screwed. I want to know what some record exec is telling me is the right thing.”

Erica & Band Get Scattered & Covered After the Show

See Erica & her Band Live
at Pokey’s in Cleveland
Friday Aug. 1, 
9 p.m.

erica bryan, beaverdamusa.com, behind the micThis past weekend, my band and I had a show at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta. I documented each part of the day– so much so– that my band even sloganed the day:  #fortheblog because I kept saying, “let’s take a pic for the blog!”

8:30 am- We loaded up the vehicle and tried to make everything fit!
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9:00 am- We leave Nashville and hit the road. It was a very comfy ride.

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2:00 pm- We arrive at my parents’ house in Roswell, GA to eat some lunch and have one last rehearsal.

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4:00 pm- We leave for Atlanta.

5:00 pm- We load in and sound check at Smith’s Olde Bar.

7:00 pm- Show time! (And it was our best show yet!)

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9:00 pm- Now, I wouldn’t say this is typical for a show day, but on this particular day my friend hooked us up with VIP Luke Bryan tix–so of course we went.

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12:00 am- It wouldn’t be a good show day without Waffle House.

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If you couldn’t make it to Atlanta and happen to be in Cleveland, TN–I have a show at Pokey’s THIS FRIDAY, Aug 1 at 9:00pm. Would love to see you there! For more show dates, you can check my website: ericabryan.com

Who Was Old Blue Eyes Anyway?

barks between beagles, beaverdamusa.com“Hey… Hey… Hey!”

“Dang, what is it?”

“Take out those earbuds.”

“Why? I’m listening to some tunes. I need my tunes.”

“Oh, really?”

“That’s right. Music helps me unwind.”

“Unwind from what? napping, eating or just lounging in general?”

“For your information, Miss Smarty Pants, I have lots of stress in my life, so don’t worry about it.”

“What are you listening to? Vivaldi?”

“Nope.”

“Mozart?”

“Nope.”

“Something more modern then, I guess. Hmmm. Rogers and Hammerstein?”

“Getting warmer…”

“Dizzy Gillespie?”

“Warmer.”

“Old Blue Eyes?”

“You got it!”

“I would’ve never taken you for a Sinatra fan.”

“Sinatra, who’s she? Is that Beyonce’s sister?”

“No, good Lord, that’s Solange.”

“Oh, of course. Silly me. Santana is that Latin guitar player.”

“I am seriously going to choke myself on a bone, you are so dumb. That is Santana!”

“Well then who is Sinatra?”

“Frank Sinatra! Stardust. Fly Me to the Moon. New York, New York, for goodness sake! Who on earth were you listening to?”

“Luke Bryan.”

“I love Luke Bryan. Does he have blue eyes?”

“Hazel. Some say green, but I say hazel.”

“Close enough. We’re color blind, anyway.”

“Tell me more about this Sinatra.”

Luke Bryan Isn’t Taking Your Girl (With Audio!)

What Would Chely Do?
by Chely Sizemore
@chelysizemore

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Click the pic to HEAR Chely answer Cody’s question!

Click here to LISTEN to this edition of What Would Chely Do?

Cody writes: Dear Chely, My girlfriend likes Luke Bryan too much. She listens to him all the time, tweets at him. She even sleeps in a Luke Bryan T-shirt. Sometimes I think she loves Luke Bryan more than she loves me. Should I break up with her?

Dear Cody:

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Follow Luke on twitter @lukebryanonline. And follow me @chelysizemore.

You are a fool! Your girlfriend doesn’t love Luke Bryan. Your girlfriend doesn’t even know Luke Bryan. She loves Luke Bryan the singer. She loves the way she thinks he’s singing those love songs to her. And she loves looking at him… that silky hair, beautiful face, those pearly white teeth and that luscious smile. And she probably loves the way he gets that come-here-girl look in his eyes. Whew… What was I talking about?

Oh, yes. I remember now. Cody, you’ve got to let that go. It’s okay for you to tell her that you wish she would give it a rest every now and then, but for Heaven’s sake, grow up. If you really think Luke Bryan is going to swoop into town, grab up your girlfriend up and take her off in the sunset, then you are dating someone who is way, way over your head.

Okay, I’ve gotta go. I’m in the mood for a little Luke Bryan… music that is. Well, I might look at just 1 or 2 photos.

Do you have a question for me? email chelyhugs@gmail.com.

xoxo
Chely!

Rising Star Kellie Lynne Talks To Us About Her New Single

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Kellie Lynne rocks her new Beaver Dam tank!

Ask anyone in the country music business about keys to success, and they’ll always mention “networking” as a top requirement.

You won’t find rising country star Kellie Lynne arguing with that.

Kellie’s new single, “Dirt Cheap” is already getting plenty of airplay. And she probably never would’ve had the opportunity to record it if not for networking. “I went with a friend to Thompson Square’s No. 1 party,” she said. From there she “connected with someone on Facebook who worked for a song pitching company.” That social media connection led to a pitch session, where she came away with demo CD of song possibilities.

The more she listened to “Dirt Cheap,” the more she loved it. The song chronicles empowerment following a painful break-up. “I’ve had a great reaction to it,” she said, adding that fans have told her it’s helped them through their own similar situations. “And it connected with me,” she added. That’s obvious, considering Kellie’s soulful, heartfelt vocal.

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It’s also notable that “Dirt Cheap” has pretty good parents. It was written by Nashville songwriting powerhouses Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take the Wheel”, “A Little Bit Stronger”, “American Honey”), Dallas Davidson (“Put a Girl In It”, “I Don’t Want this Night to End”) and superstar Luke Bryan.

She recorded it in Brentwood, Tenn., with Producer Marc Eric. “Marc played all the instruments, except the drums,” Kellie said. She has Jeremiah Bivins to credit with the drum work.

The new single is featured on two iHeartRadio stations — The Nashville Channel and New Country — as well as a “ton of indie stations” Kellie noted. She filmed the video at a farmhouse in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., with director Michael Monaco. You can see it on TCN (The Country Network). You can also see it here.

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We love this picture mostly because it shows Kellie doing what she does best. But check out the guy behind the band. We hope there wasn’t an open manhole.

Kellie’s hard work has already paid off for her since moving from Pittsburgh to Nashville in 2010. She was recently named Nashville Universe Female Vocalist of the Year. She was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year by the same organization. Nashville Universe is owned by musician Michael Kenney. (www.nashvilleuniverse.com)

Never one to take a break, Kellie has been writing constantly lately. Plus, within a few weeks, she will host one of the “Breaking Out” segments on the nationwide TV network TCN (The Country Network.)

She has opened shows for Loretta Lynn, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Wills, Chris Cagle, Trent Tomlinson, Aaron Tippin, Cody McCarver and Emerson Drive to name a few.

Kellie brought the house down during a live presentation of “Showtime at The Apollo”, receiving a standing ovation after singing “Broken Wing.” You really need to watch this.

“Dirt Cheap” is her first video. Earlier singles included “I’m There” and “Bad.” Both received airplay on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio.

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Check out www.kellielynne.org.

We appreciate Kellie for taking time out of her schedule to talk to us. She’s a huge talent, and she’s on the way up. You can connect with here…

http://www.kellielynne.org

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