Kyle Park

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Kyle Park
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Background information
OriginAustin, Texas
GenresTexas country, country rock[1]
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, music producer, record label owner
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2005–present
LabelsKyle Park Music, Inc.
Associated actsGeorge Strait, Cody Johnson
WebsiteKylePark.com

Kyle Park is a Texas country singer-songwriter and music producer from Leander, Texas.[2]

He self-released his first studio album, Big Time, in 2005, and after his second album in 2008, Anywhere in Texas, he released Spring 2010 EP and Fall 2010 EP, the latter reaching No. 7 on iTunes' Top Ten Country Records.[3] It also hit No. 1 on Billboard Heatseekers South Central list.[4] In 2011 he released the album Make or Break Me. The eponymous single from the album peaked at No. 3 on the Texas Music Chart,[5] and received a number of positive reviews.[6][7] He released Beggin' for More in 2013.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Kyle Park was born in July 1985[8][9] in Austin, Texas, and was raised in Leander, a small country town[10] north of Austin, where he[11][12] attended Leander High School.[9][13] He listened to country and rock radio in particular, and eventually began focusing on artists such as[13] Clint Black and Chris LeDoux.[10][11]

Park started playing guitar at age 14,[10] and wrote his first song and first performed live the next year.[4][9] His music was first played on the radio (KVET 98.1 Austin) when he was 17 years old.[9][13]

Music career[edit]

After high school Park attended Texas State University in San Marcos for two years.[4] While in college he would often sing covers with members of George Strait's band Ace in the Hole at a local music club,[13] and soon formed a band with Karl Schwoch on guitar, Will Armstrong on drums, and Colton James Reininger on bass.[13] He left college to tour with the band.[4]

He released his debut country album Big Time in 2005.[12] In 2006 Park started recording original music at Ray Benson's Bismeaux Studio, where his drummer Armstrong was a recording engineer.[13] A second LP, Anywhere in Texas, followed in 2008.[13] Park also founded Kyle Park Music, Inc., his personal record label.[4]

Around 2009 Park began to record new music, also learning how to produce. He released Spring 2010 EP in 2010, with another album, Fall 2010 EP,[14] released that September. He spent 2010 touring and reached up to 200 shows a year, chiefly in Texas.[15] Fall EP received a number of positive reviews and hit No. 7 on iTunes' Top Ten Country Records Chart,[3] No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers South Central list, No. 28 on the Top Heatseekers roster, and No. 56 on the Top Country Albums chart.[4] The EP's single "All Night" was the first to receive regular airplay[3] and was in the Top 25 on Texas radio charts for several months.[8] According to a review, "Park’s pure country voice and pure country vibe shine through in his modern country, 'rock with a twang' style."[15]

His LP Make or Break Me was released on September 20, 2011 on Winding Road Music.[16] It included nine remixed tracks from his last two EPs and six new tracks,[16] all produced and written or co-written by Park.[10] By November 16, 2011, the album's main single "Make Or Break Me" hit No. 3 on the Texas Music Chart[5][17][18] and sat in the top 10 for over six weeks, and by December 12 was still at No. 7.[2] It also reached the top ten of the Texas Regional Radio Report.[19][20] He made music videos for the tracks both "Make Or Break Me" and "Leavin' Stephenville."[8] The album was described as a "mixture of up-tempo, guitar-driven honky-tonkers and heartfelt ballads,"[17] and was given 3/5 stars by Allmusic.[16] Vintage Guitar Magazine praised the guitar work and songwriting,[6] and Red Dirt Report wrote "His vocals are warm, with a John Denver-like wistfulness to them."[7]

As of 2012 Park plays more than 175 shows a year.[21] He has stated he tries to repeat venues to become familiar with his fanbase.[14] In 2011 the live band added a keyboard player[2] and toured France[22] and Germany for the second time.[8] He has opened for groups such as Clint Black, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt, Gary Allan, Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers Band and the Eli Young Band,[8] and regularly tours or works with country rocker Cody Johnson.[19]

Park wrote the theme song for The Sportsman Channel's show Veteran Outdoors.[8] On May 23, 2011 he was featured in the episode "Anywhere in Texas," named after one of Park's albums. The show is a non-profit providing wounded veterans with information about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities, and is intended to raise awareness about the therapeutic effects the outdoors can have for recovering troops.[22]

Released in early 2013, his single "The Night is Young" climbed to No. 3 on the Texas Country Charts,[23] later reaching No. 1.[24][25] He commissioned fans to make the music video.[24] His track "True Love" also climbed various country charts.[26] Both tracks were included on his March 2013 solo album Beggin' for More,[8] which he produced.[27] The album went to No. 4 on country iTunes on March 21, and was dubbed to have a "fresh sound; traditional country mixed with restless, U2-style guitar sounds and unexpected chord changes."[26] He released 3 more singles after "The Night is Young", " Fit For The King", " [28] Long Distance Relationship", and "Turn That Crown Upside Down" which all were Top Ten hits on both the Texas Music Chart, and the Texas Regional Radio Report.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US
Heat
US
Indie
Big Time
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Lazy S.O.B. Recordings
Anywhere in Texas
  • Release date: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Kyle Park Music
The Spring EP
  • Release date: April 6, 2010
  • Label: Winding Road Music
69
The Fall EP
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Winding Road Music
56 28
Make or Break Me
  • Release date: September 20, 2011
  • Label: Winding Road Music
53 15
Beggin' for More
  • Release date: March 19, 2013
  • Label: Kyle Park Music
24 8 31
The Blue Roof Sessions
  • Release date: October 23, 2015
  • Label: Kyle Park Music
24
Don't Forget Where You Come From
  • Release date: 2018
  • Label: Kyle Park Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single
2010 "All Night"
2011 "Make or Break Me"
2012 "The Night Is Young"
2013 "True Love"
2013 "Fit For The King"
2013 "Long Distance Relationship"
2014 "Turn That Crown Upside Down"

Music videos[edit]

  • "Make or Break Me" (2011)
  • "Leavin' Stephenville" (2012)
  • "Fit For The King" (2013)
  • "True Love" (2013)
  • "Long Distance Relationship" (2013)
  • "Turn That Crown Upside Down" (2014)
  • "What Goes Around Comes Around" (2015)
  • "Come On" (2015)
  • "Rednecks with Paychecks" (2016)
  • "Don't Forget Where You Come From" (2017)
  • "What The Heaven" (2018)
  • "Ain't Nobody Hotter" (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kyle Park Readies 'The Blue Roof Sessions' out October 23rd via Thirty Tigers". The Daily Country.
  2. ^ a b c Overturf, Jordan (December 12, 2011). "Country singer, songwriter at Buckaroos Bar and Grill in Temple". Temple Daily Telegram. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Kyle Park Making Chart Noise With New Release". Texas Music Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Kyle Park feature". The Oklahoman. December 9, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Hensel, Amanda (November 16, 2011). "Jason Boland Still No. 1, Kevin Fowler and Kyle Park Sneak Up on the Texas Chart". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  6. ^ a b RA (December 8, 2011). "Album Reviews: "Make or Break Me," self-distributed". Vintage Guitar Magazine. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Griffin, Andrew (October 5, 2011). "CD REVIEW: Kyle Park – Make Or Break Me (Winding Road Music) 2011". Red Dirt Report. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Kyle Park: Band Member Profiles". KylePark.com. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d Tarradell, Mario (December 14, 2011). "Newcomer Park keeps it firmly in fourth gear". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d Wilkerson, Kyle. "Kyle Park: Not Just Another Texas Country Artist, Looking For A Mainstream Takeover". Nashville Music Guide. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Hayes, Joshua (October 25, 2011). "Interview with an Artist: Kyle Park". TXRed Dirt Music. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Dixon, Darleen (February 3, 2012). "Park in drive: Kyle Park on Make or Break Me, life on the road and writing on the run". Lone Star Music Magazine. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Corcoran, Michael (April 14, 2011). "Kyle Park". American Statesman. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Woods, Eric (August 10, 2011). "Kyle Park will Perform Two Nights at Brewster Street". Caller-Times. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Kyle Park Adds Building Block for a 2011 CD". Texas Music Journal. September 27, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  16. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William (September 20, 2011). "Make Or Break Me Review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Kyle Park Climbing the Texas Charts". Texas Music Journal. November 16, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  18. ^ Goodspeed, John (January 18, 2012). "Black to kick off rodeo season". My San Antonio. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  19. ^ a b "Two Texas Music Acts Teaming Up for Tour". Texas Music Journal. January 3, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  20. ^ "Pat Green Holds His No. 1 Spots On The Texas Music Charts This Week". All Access. February 6, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  21. ^ Rau, Maddie (January 20, 2012). "Concert for the Cure at Cowboy's Hall". Trinitonian. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  22. ^ a b "Kyle Park Going Hunting on Television". Texas Music Journal. May 18, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  23. ^ "Kyle Park". Austin Lifestyle. February 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  24. ^ a b "Kyle Park Beggin' For More Spotlight Country online feature". Spotlight Country. March 21, 2013. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  25. ^ Logan, Buddy. "Audio: Kyle Park Interview". Knue. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  26. ^ a b "Kyle Park". Sunfire Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  27. ^ "Kyle Park". Best in Texas. Spring 2013. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  28. ^ "Long Distance in the Top 10". Today's Texas Country. Retrieved April 6, 2013.

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