Tyler Smith (musician)

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Tyler Smith
Smith in 2012 with The Word Alive.
Smith in 2012 with The Word Alive.
Background information
Birth nameTyler Smith
Also known asTelle
Born (1986-08-09) August 9, 1986 (age 33)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Tyler Smith (born August 9, 1986), also known by his nickname Telle, is an American musician and songwriter. He is currently the lead vocalist of Arizona metalcore band The Word Alive and has played in several bands, such as Greeley Estates and In Fear and Faith. He is known for his tenor singing voice, wide vocal range and ability to comprehensively alternate between melodic and screamed vocals.

Musical career[edit]

Smith joined In Fear and Faith as one of their two lead vocalists in May 2007 to replace founding vocalist Jarred DeArmas. Smith performed on the band's debut release Voyage and was a member of the band until January 2008 (a month after the release of the EP), when he joined Phoenix, Arizona-based Greeley Estates as bassist.[1]

Smith was a member of Greeley Estates from January 2008 to November 2008. He left the band on November 14, 2008, the day before the band was about to go on tour with Alesana. The band said "not to fret" and that the position would be filled.[2] During this brief association, Smith was featured on some tracks from the album Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East.

Upon his departure, he joined The Word Alive, originally a side-project by former Blessthefall and Escape the Fate's Craig Mabbitt, on December 3, 2008.[3] Smith replaced Mabbitt, due to Mabbitt's unavailability to tour with the band. Smith is featured on the band's second EP, Empire. A year in advance of its release, Smith confirmed the writing of The Word Alive's first studio album. On January 20, 2010, he stated it would be titled Deceiver.[4] Deceiver was released on August 31, 2010.

In 2010, The Word Alive were included in Underoath's November tour.[5] At the Mission, Texas show, Smith substituted for Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain who had contracted food poisoning during the tour's final week. On January 24, 2011, while The Word Alive were on tour with Texas in July and For Today, Smith was hospitalized due to an unknown virus and bacterial bronchitis, laryngitis and pharyngitis along with a fever of 103.6 °F.[6] He missed 9 tour dates. In 2011, Smith wrote and completed two new songs, "Apologician" and "Lights and Stones", for the deluxe edition of Deceiver, which was released on June 7, 2011.

On March 31, 2013, The Word Alive released a new song by the name of "Wishmaster". On that same day, they confirmed the new album Life Cycles would be released on July 3. The album currently has two singles called "Entirety" and the eponymous "Life Cycles".

Personal life[edit]

Smith in 2006

Tyler Smith was born in Dayton, Ohio and is the eldest of four brothers.[citation needed] Smith has cited Brand New and Sigur Rós as some of his influences and has stated that some of his favorite bands are Thirty Seconds to Mars, As Cities Burn, Thursday, August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Circa Survive and City and Colour.[citation needed] Smith is an adherent of the Christian faith.[7]

By early 2011, Smith began a clothing line by the name of Resist & Rebel, which he co-operated with Andrew Paiano (Woe, Is Me) until 2013 when Andrew stepped down.[8]


In Fear and Faith

Greeley Estates

The Word Alive


  • "A Mountain" (2011)
  • "Touch of Your Lips" (2012)


Year Song Album Artist Link
2010 "Intentions" (featuring Telle Smith) To Plant a Seed We Came as Romans [1]
2011 "Not Another Song About You" (featuring Telle Smith) Trust in Few We Are Defiance [2]
"The Taste of Regret" (featuring Telle Smith) Symphonies In Fear and Faith [3]
2012 "Disclosure" (featuring Telle Smith) I'm Not Dying Today Palisades [4]
"Streetlights for Streetfights" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single Etienne Sin [5]
"Whiskey for the Soul" (featuring Telle Smith) Chapters Adestria [6]
"All Worth It" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single Goodmorning, Gorgeous [7]
2013 "Rebearth" (featuring Telle Smith) Live Life Capture the Crown [8]
"Useless" (featuring Telle Smith) Lies to Light the Way Myka, Relocate [9]
"Conceiver" (featuring Telle Smith) Conceiver Before You Fall [10]
"Passion Born" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single A Call to Sincerity [11]
2014 "I've Earned My Time" (featuring Telle Smith) The World Is My Enemy Now Upon a Burning Body [12]
"Demons in Disguise" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single Etienne Sin [13]
2015 "Hell to Pay" (featuring Telle Smith) Never Endings Too Close to Touch [14]
"Never Surrender" (featuring Telle Smith) Paramount It Lies Within [15]
2016 "Perfect" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single Echo Black [16]
"Reflections" (featuring Telle Smith) As the Sky Falls Through Behind the Fallen [17]
2018 "Clockwork" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single Amor [18]
"The Discovery" (featuring Telle Smith) Gravity Paul Bartolome [19]
"Rise" Non-album single The Word Alive, The Glitch Mob and Mako [20]
2019 "Weakest Condition" (featuring Telle Smith) The Darkest Moment The Darkest Moment [21]
"Medicate Me" (featuring Telle Smith) Rock Ain't Dead Davey Suicide [22]
"Uber and a Fifth" (featuring Telle Smith) Non-album single Sponge [23]
"Someone You Loved" (Lewis Capaldi cover; featuring The Word Alive, I See Stars and Ashland) Our Last Night [24]
2020 "Falling" (featuring Telle Smith) Unseen Relations Our Mirage [25]


  1. ^ Tyler "Telle" Smith (Interviewee) (March 3, 2008). Say hello to our new bass player!. Greeley Estates. 2:11 minutes in. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Greeley is a four piece??". Myspace. November 14, 2008. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Say Hello To Our New Singer!". Myspace. December 3, 2008. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "The Word Alive Studio Report". Noisecreep. May 5, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Underoath To Tour With A Day To Remember, The Word Alive And More In November". The PRP. September 20, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "My Current Medical Condition & Apology". The Word of Telle. January 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Interview with Tyler "Telle" Smith, bass player for Greeley Estates". xSisterHoodx. January 14, 2009. Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "About « Resist & Rebel". Resist & Rebel. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2011.

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