Tyler Glenn

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Tyler Glenn
Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees.jpg
Glenn performing at the 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Bash
Background information
Birth name Tyler Aaron Glenn
Born (1983-11-28) November 28, 1983 (age 30)
Origin Temecula, California
United States
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Associated acts Neon Trees, Afrojack

Tyler Aaron Glenn (b. November 28, 1983) is an American musician and the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the American pop rock band Neon Trees.


As a teenager, Glenn attended Chaparral High School in Temecula, California.[1] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2] After high school, he served a Mormon mission in Nebraska.[3]

Neon Trees' origins lay in Southern California in 2004 after Glenn's father suggested he play music with guitarist Chris Allen, the son of one of Glenn's father's friends.[4] In 2005, they moved to Provo, Utah and formally founded Neon Trees, adding bassist Branden Campbell and drummer/backing vocalist Elaine Doty (who is now Elaine Bradley) in 2007.[5] The band became well known in the music scene around Provo and Salt Lake City.

Tyler Glenn singing at Edgefest in Frisco, Texas, 2011.

In 2007, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (drummer for The Killers), who knew Campbell from a previous band, saw Neon Trees playing at a small venue in Las Vegas and was impressed. As such, in 2008, The Killers invited the band to open for them during their North American tour.

Neon Trees released their first full-length album, Habits in 2010. One song from that album, "Animal", which Glenn co-wrote was a hit. A second song co-written by Glenn, "Everybody Talks" from their 2011 album Picture Show was also a top 10 hit in 2012.

In 2014, Glenn was featured as lead vocalist on "Born To Run," a song off of Afrojack's debut studio album, Forget the World.

Personal life[edit]

In the April 10, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone, Glenn came out as gay, and discussed keeping his sexuality a secret throughout his life. Glenn says he's known he was gay since he was a young child, but kept his sexuality a secret – until now. "I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," he admits. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world." He said to Rolling Stone.

With respect to his Mormon faith, Glenn stated in a 2012 interview: "The way I was raised and being a questioner, and getting a lot of my curiosities out early with drugs and alcohol, I think it’s helped me maintain a more even keel where I’m not out of control."[6] It has been widely reported that Glenn and the other members of Neon Trees do not drink alcohol or use other drugs.[7]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Co-written with U.S. peak
U.K. peak
2009 Neon Trees "Animal" Tim Pagnotta, Chris Allen, Branden Campbell, Elaine Bradley 13[8] 40[9]
2010 Neon Trees "1983"
2010 Neon Trees "Your Surrender" S*A*M and Sluggo
2011 Neon Trees "Everybody Talks" Tim Pagnotta 6[10]
2012 Kaskade ft. Neon Trees "Lessons in Love" Ryan Raddon, John B. Hancock, Finn Bogi Bjarnson, Chris Allen, Branden Campbell, Elaine Bradley


Neon Trees[edit]

Studio albums

Featured artist[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Born To Run" 2014 Afrojack Forget The World
"Ender" Cory Layton Ender


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