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 is a new contender who’s in it to win it. The former MMA fighter 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. In a courageous leap of faith to chase his dream, Tylar moved to Nashville in 2019.
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. Tylar 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 Texas native 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. Playing more than 80 shows a year, Tylar’s canvassed the Lone Star State. In 2017, Tylar recorded his debut EP, titled DON’T LET GO, in Nashville co-producing the project that features all original tunes. - www.tylarbryant.com
What is your most common activity or daily routine?
I drive in silence every morning on my way to work. It’s about a 20-minute drive and I use that time to block everything out to pray and meditate. It’s my daily “calm before the storm.”
What is your favorite show/movies and why?
My favorite television shows are “Smallville” and “Friends.”
I have a number of go-to movies: “Friday,” “In Time,” “Forest Gump,” “Love And Basketball,” “Rush Hour,” “No Country For Old Men,” “Shawshank Redemption,” and “That Awkward Moment;” these are all movies that I will stop and watch when they’re on television.
Favorite recording artist and why?
I listen to a wide range of music and admire the musical styles of so many recording artists; it’s difficult to narrow a “favorite.” If I had to choose, I would say, right now, it’s Jordan Davis. I really like his sound and his style. Jordan’s music has a nostalgia that puts me in a good place mentally. …My guy jam!
Fav IG accounts that you follow and why?
HA HA Davis is super funny and his content is relatable. His skits also have a deeper underlying message that touch on a social topic and he uses his comedy to open the floor for discussion.
Gordon Ramsay is another. I think he’s funny, but I also think that I am a chef! So, I follow him for great recipes (and then wonder why mine didn’t turn out like his).
Favorite meal and beverage?
Breakfast! It’s what’s for dinner (French toast, bacon, and eggs). As for beverage, I’ve really been into the watermelon Red Bull, lately.
Most questionable thing you’ve seen or heard about recently?
I recently learned that a song that was my jam as a teenager (“Pumped Up Kicks”) isn’t the fun, free- spirited song that I thought it was. The tune is actually about a mass school shooting. I’ve still not recovered.
What is the first thing you did when COVID isolation ended?
I travelled home to see my family in Texas.
What did COVID teach you personally?
COVID taught me that I am “okay” with alone time.
What is a personal pet peeve and why?
When someone calls me to ask for my personal input on how to do something or handle a situation, and I take the time to explain, but they don’t ever do what I suggested. It’s difficult to understand why someone asks me for my suggestion, I take the time to share with him or her, and then they turn around and do the complete opposite!
What would you say is your worst bad habit?
Sneakers are my bad habit; I buy a LOT of sneakers!
How would your friends describe you?
Kind, funny and mysterious. (An unusual combination; I know.)
What is the most questionable thing you have autographed?
Ummm...the inside of a lady’s skirt. It turned out to be funny; she was wearing shorts underneath that she had made with my name on them. Having me sign the inside of her skirt was the “reveal.”
If you were not pursuing your music career, what would you do for a living?
I’d probably be an EMT because I’ve found myself around emergency medical situations several times and I seem to know what to do and I stay calm and don’t panic. I just try to focus and be helpful.
Or, I’d be a chef; a Michelin star chef to be exact, because I love to cook. (I have a Chef Ramsay cookbook.)
What is the biggest misperception about being in the music business or a recording artist?
When I tell people I’m a recording artist, most immediately assume that I’m a rapper.
What song do you find yourself singing while in the shower or riding in the car?
“You And Me” by Lifehouse. It’s easily my most favorite song of all time and I sing some part of that song at least once a day. When I’m in the shower, I’ll sing “Ridin’ Dirty,” but I sing it like an Opera song because the acoustics in the shower are perfect for opera.
What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard?
“Hey, is your name Google? Because you got everything I’ve been searching for.”
What is the best advice you would give to men when it comes to women?
The details matter.
If you were a car, what would it be and why?
I am not really a car person, so I would be miserable as a car.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love punk rock music! It’s my jam.
If you HAD to get one, a tattoo or a piercing? (If a tattoo, what would it be. If a piercing, where and what would you sport?)
If I were to get a tattoo, I would get half of a lion’s head on the front part of my shoulder. I was born on the last day to be a Leo; so, I’m basically half lion. That’s a terrible reason to get a tat and probably the reason that I won’t.
If you have a tattoo or piercing… how many and what are they?
I have no tattoos or piercings.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I’d like to have a super powered memory! My memory is terrible … and I always have the best ideas, but I can’t seem to ever remember them.
Do you have a nickname?
I do have a couple nicknames, but it’s more of an individual thing—only one or two people call me by the nickname. They are: “A-Train,” because in football, I would run people over on the field like a train; “Big Al” -- my dad calls me that. It’s short for “Altron” and I have no idea about that one; and “T- Baby” which started out as a joke and stuck.