Tyler Ward

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Tyler Ward
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Tyler Ward performing in Dallas, Tx in June 2014
Background information
Birth nameTyler Ray Ward
Born (1988-03-12) March 12, 1988 (age 31)
OriginAurora, Colorado
GenresAcoustic rock, country pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums
Years active2007–present
LabelsTyler Ward Studios, Sony Music
Associated actsLindsey Stirling

Tiffany Alvord

Kurt Hugo Schneider

Boyce Avenue
Websitewww.tylerwardmusic.com

Tyler Ray Ward (born March 12, 1988) is an American independent singer, writer and producer. On his YouTube channel he has just over 2 million subscribers with 5+ billion views. Ward also has a strong social media following on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

Personal life[edit]

Before Ward had interest in music, his focus was on athletics.[1] After graduating from high school, Ward enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, where he studied and played football.[2] Ward left the Air Force Academy after his first semester and transferred to University of Northern Colorado as a scholarship collegiate football athlete.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Ward has become a well-known artist in part through his use of social media, posting a mix of covers and originals on YouTube. Ward has successfully completed five worldwide headlining tours and has played shows with many mainstream artists including Switchfoot, The Beach Boys, Aloe Blacc, The Jonas Brothers, The Fray, Yung Joc and many more.[4] Through his music video career, Ward has performed and produced most of his early songs and many of the current ones in his parents' basement, which he later turned into a proper recording space. Nowadays, Ward produces most of his music on the road or in his Los Angeles recording studio.[5] Ward was number five on Billboard's Top 100 Uncharted List and was also ranked on Billboard's Social 50 Chart for several weeks.[6][7][8]

Ward coined the phrase "Social Media Artist' - which accounts for all full-time musicians making a living through online platforms. This new business has been considered the "future of the music industry." Ward pioneered the selling and streaming cover songs, legally, on iTunes and Spotify and has established the ability for artists to collect revenue through streaming monetisation.

In 2011, Ward performed a duet with The Band Perry, celebrating the Academy of Country Music Awards and went on a tour with Boyce Avenue.[9] Later that year, Ward performed with Christina Grimmie live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Their performance aired nationwide on October 10, 2011.[10]

On September 25, 2012, Ward released an EP titled Hello. Love. Heartbreak. on iTunes.[11][12] In early January 2013, Ward confirmed that he had signed with Sony Music Germany.

In June 2013 Global star Jason Derulo joined Ward by singing in the acoustic version of "The Other Side (Jason Derulo song)"

In October 2013, Warner Music Group retained seven YouTube stars, including Ward, Kina Grannis, and Peter Hollens, to help promote a new single by Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz. Ward and the others independently recorded versions of the song, "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me," which were subsequently mashed up into a video posted exclusively on YouTube. This was the first such venture by Warner, whose senior vice-president for interactive marketing said optimistically that "[f]or some kids, people like Kurt Schneider and Tyler Ward are people that they trust."[13]

Ward released his album on October 18, 2013 titled Honestly. Honestly included 12 original songs that featured up and coming artists including Alex G. and Lindsey Stirling. Ward completed his 5th headlining tour in the winter of 2015 in Europe and North America.[14]

In December 2015, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where he performed live his single "Yellow Boxes".

In 2016 after the tragic death of Christina Grimmie , Tyler released a music video named "A song for Christina Grimmie" dedicated to her and their friendship. Tyler recorded this song in a single take but breaks down towards the end of the performance.[citation needed]

Between 2017-18 Tyler released 10 original singles. His "What its Like To Be Lonley" was well received by critics and fans.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details
Honestly
  • Released: October 18, 2013
  • Label: Tyler Ward Studios, Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Details
Yellow Boxes
  • Released: October 1, 2015
  • Label: Tyler Ward Studios, Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Album
"The Way We Are" 2012 Honestly
"Falling"
(featuring Alex G)"
Official German Release
2013
"Forever Starts Tonight"
"Some Kind of Beautiful"
(featuring Lindsey Stirling)
"Beginning of a Bad Idea" 2014
"Hoopty Hoop"
"SOS"
"What It's Like to Be Lonely" 2017 Solo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tyler Ward: A Digital Musician Hits The Road And Meets YouTube Fame Face-to-Face" Forbes Tech'. Retrieved December 27, 2015
  2. ^ Devon Maloney (May 1, 2011). "Uncharted Territory: DJ BL3ND Still On Top, Childish Gambino and Zaz Debut". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Blue Microphones Retrieved July 21, 2012
  4. ^ Tyler ward shows Retrieved July 21, 2012
  5. ^ "Tyler Ward: A Digital Musician Hits The Road And Meets YouTube Fame Face-to-Face" Forbes Tech'. Retrieved December 27, 2015
  6. ^ Maloney, Devon. "Billboard Article News". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Uncharted Territory: Traphik, Tyler Ward, Teen Hearts and More Billboard.com Retrieved July 21, 2012
  8. ^ "Colorado native burning up the music charts using social media" Fox 31 Denver Neighborhood News. Retrieved August 7, 2012
  9. ^ Gary Graff (December 19, 2012). "Sound Check: Tyler Ward waiting for the right deal to break out". The Oakland Press.
  10. ^ DeGeneres, Ellen. "Christina Grimmie & Tyler Ward perform 'How To Love'". Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Mohindru, Perdy (October 11, 2012). "Tyler Ward launches his album 'Hello, Love, Heartbreak' - Times Of India". Times of India. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Firstpost. "Retrieved October 21, 2013". Firstpost.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  13. ^ Dawn C. Chmielewski (October 28, 2013). "An Outreach in Concert with a Giant". Daily Press. p. C2.
  14. ^ "Tyler Ward: A Digital Musician Hits The Road And Meets YouTube Fame Face-to-Face" Forbes Tech'. Retrieved December 27, 2015

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