Tyrone Wells told us that his family was always very musical. He said, “Five kids, all of us sing and several of us play instruments. Both my parents sing and play instruments as well.” As you can tell, music seems to basically be coded into his DNA.
Tyrone said, “I realized early on that if I wanted to become a successful singer songwriter, I had to start acting like one. Get busy. Write a tons of songs, play a ton of shows.” He continued, “When you start getting good at it, the money follows.”
Tyrone Wells said that his genre is pretty much “anybody’s guess,” but when we asked him to try and explain it, he said, “Soulful folk pop with some rock thrown in.” He looks up to some great musicians including Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Patty Griffin, Ed Sheeren, U2 and Jo Foreman. When it comes to listening to music, he told us that he listens to “all kinds of stuff.” Tyrone said, “I’m most drawn to sparse acoustic arrangements of just voices with a guitar or piano.” He continued, “Lately, because I have two little girls, I’ve been hearing a lot of the Moana soundtrack (Disney’s latest princess).” He told us that his “girls request it every single time [they] get in the car.”
When it comes to performing live, Tyrone loves playing in New York. We asked him about the first time he performed live. He said that it was “probably a talent show in the church [he] grew up in.” Tyrone told us that he was “scared out of [his] mind,” and that he “had crippling stage fright for many many years.”
If you are a fan of Tyrone Wells’ music, you are in luck because he told us that he is “always working on something.” He said, “I just released a couple of cover EP’s, where I reimagined hit songs spanning several decades. From Stevie Wonder to the band Fun, it was a blast.” He also mentioned that he is “starting to write songs for [his] next original record.”
Stepping outside of the box of music, Tyrone is currently “finishing up an ambitious children’s book collaboration with Broken Eagle Studios in Portland, OR.” He said, “I’ve written the story and several songs that will accompany the release of a children’s book called The WhatamaGump.” He continued, “The thing that really makes the book unique, is that Broken Eagle is sculpting all of the scenes in the book.” “So instead of someone drawing the pages, the pages will be photographs of the world they’ve sculpted.” Tyrone told The Corner Type that “it looks amazing.” Click here to view the book! We can’t wait to read it!
When Tyrone isn’t doing music, you can probably find him reading, hanging out with his daughters, playing ping-pong or watching sports!
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