Known for his charismatic stage presence, electric live performances, and infamous beer showers among his audiences, onlookers would never expect Tylar Bryant to be anything but a country music entertainer. Quite the contrary.
Former MMA fighter Tylar Bryant changed his career path to pursue a passion that caught him completely by surprise. He laid down his gloves to pick up a songwriter’s pen and a guitar. A trip to Music City Tennessee spawned the unexpected change of plans.
“I came to Nashville as a fan in 2013. We took a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, and a sensation came over me;
I was covered with goosebumps. We saw Keith Urban rehearsing and a voice inside my head said: ‘THIS is what you need to do’!”
Tylar caught his first big break in 2016 when a Facebook post of his performance of “Stay A Little Longer” (Brothers Osborne) ignited. The digital attention landed him his first gig and the early and swift momentum reeled him in.
“I really love playing in front of a crowd of people and the connection. I was hooked.”
In a courageous leap of faith to chase his dream, three short years later, Tylar moved to Nashville in 2019.
“I didn’t want to live with the ‘what-if,’ or half-step it; so, I went for it!”
As a teenager, the Texas native grew up listening to an array of music from rap (Zro, Tupac, Biggie, Hawk, Pimp C) and the tunes that echoed in the background at his grand mom’s home (Al Green, Luther Vandross, The Temptations, Diana Ross).
“The music that I listened to as a kid and teenager were miles apart, but I think that helped me to develop an appreciation for a variety of music--the melodies, harmonies, lyrics, production and vibe. Yet, somehow, I’m drawn to country music; I feel like country music has substance and every country song has a story to tell.”
The fun loving, hard working musician (guitar/pedal steel) prides himself in his authenticity and ability to infuse a mix of styles and sounds. Influenced by some of country music’s greatest voices and performers (such as Jim Reeves, Randy Travis and Chris Young), Bryant marries modern and traditional country sounds with rock and R&B grooves for an added twist.
“’I’m not in a lane; I like to change it up a little bit musically, and I think my music draws listeners from all ages who have an appreciation for ‘flavor.’ I have a personal appreciation for the instrumentation in my music, which is enlivened by the instruments that I love. I feel like my sound is produced simply, but it makes a statement.”
Playing over 80 shows a year, Tylar’s tour schedule canvassed the Lone Star State. He has enjoyed more than 100k streams across all platforms and was welcomed to appear on various television shows including the “Texas Bucket List” where he performed his original tune “If You Need An Angel.” In 2017, Tylar recorded his debut EP, titled
DON’T LET GO, in Nashville co-producing the project that features all original tunes.
“I turn on my personality and let my feelings and emotions shine through, that’s what I believe enables me a ‘relationship’ with the listener, and one only found by being authentic. I believe my music appeals to all walks of life and stretches far beyond people that look like me. ...and I have more to prove than my atypical peers…that notion brings me peace.”
Tylar Bryant is a soulful country recording artist whose path took him on a journey to take the stage in the country music arena. Championing the challenge, where no one saw him coming, Tylar Bryant is a new contender here to stay.
“This was something I never even thought about or never thought I would do. To discover my passion and pursue it, later in life, is challenging and rewarding. You’ve got to believe it to be in it, and I’m in it to win!”