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recording artist Tyrone Wells releases his debut major label record and
plays to a capacity crowd at the El Rey Theater this past Saturday night
and if you didn't already know it, this guy is the next big thing. From
the moment you walked up to the theater and saw a line stretched across
two city blocks, to the second the lights went down, Tyrone Wells is nothing
short of a six and half foot miracle behind the microphone. There are
many pitfalls one is encountered with during a career, but the one thing
that is as irrefutable to a musician as the song. Nothing replaces a well-written
song and Tyrone Wells found this out a long time ago and he's sticking
to his guns. That's the good news. The bad news, sorry fellas, is this
guy has a legion of dreamy eyed ladies waiting to hear every word that
comes out of his mouth and from the lipstick and mini-skirt laced mosh
pit that crammed into the El Rey, he ain't going anywhere but up.
Sitting down with Tyrone before the show you get the sense of calm that comes from a seasoned veteran with little or nothing to prove, not an up and coming artist trying to make a name for himself. Tyrone list Stevie Wonder and James Taylor among his many well-versed influences and it's also pretty clear from watching him that someone will be listing his name as one of their influences pretty soon. It's difficult to imagine most artist beyond a year or two down the road, but something catches your eyes and ears when you first see and hear Tyrone and it suddenly becomes clear that music is not totally lost in a sea of obscurities and celebrity driven "talent".
Born in to the world a preacher's son, which usually screams of havoc, in the furthest reaches of rockstarland I like to call Spokane, Washington. Tyrone fooled around the music scene with bands for a short while before finding his own voice aided by the very unused acoustic guitar. Tyrone began to get a following after a competition at a national college showcase found him in extremely high demand and off of that success he went out on a 100-city tour. Sometimes people go on the road to escape and others to find themselves, I think Tyrone found himself with the very enviable position of finding himself in the company of people helping him grow and growing with him at the same time. Tyrone's sound can probably best be described as soulful. It's difficult for me to describe a six and a half foot white guy with a shaved head as soulful and not smirk, but that's who he is. It's also very clear to me that Tyrone's audience picked that up pretty early and that's one of the many reason they keep coming back to see him perform, buying his albums, and joyfully screaming his name in between songs. I think Tyrone picks up the fact that most of his audience is pretty young females and he even laughed a couple of times at the El Rey at the silliness of it all as he began the next song. It's also wonderful to see an artist emerge on the national scene that's really worked hard to get where they are instead of the overnight sensation. The thing that most people don't realize is that it usually takes 10 years to become an overnight sensation.
Tyrone began his local stance playing coffee houses and colleges down in Orange County just 6 years ago and quickly gathered a strong local following. Tyrone is joined on tour by a small but additionally soulful group of musicians, in between acoustic alchemy Mark Chiperlo sits in on drums and Aaron Bishop plays bass and Jason Lomheim takes over on lead guitar. Often the title of singer/songwriter can be daunting on an emerging artist. The weight of the band's success or failure is heavy and at times too much of a burden for one individual, but from the look of Tyrone Wells and his steady hand the future is as bright and as hopeful and the rising morning sun.
Tyrone has already garnered national attention this year on several radio stations including Q101's Morning Show and LA's own Star Lounge.