Photo L-R: Kim Wiggins (peermusic, Nashville Sr. Creative Dir.), Dierks Bentley, Michael Tyler, Michael Knox (peermusic, Nashville V.P.), Jaron Boyer, Shannan Hatch (SESAC V.P. of Creative Services).
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Performing rights organization SESAC awarded Song of the Year to hot country newcomer Michael Tyler during its Nashville Music Awards for the Dierks Bentley smash “Somewhere on a Beach.” Bentley presented the award to Michael Tyler, who co-penned the multi-week No. 1 platinum-selling hit.
“This is awesome and I’m so thankful for this honor! Wow, I can’t believe this has all happened in the last year. I’m so blessed that Dierks decided to record the song and then release it as a single,” Michael Tyler said. MT co-wrote “Somewhere on a Beach” with Jaron Boyer, Alexander Palmer, Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda.
MT is on the road with Mercury Nashville’s Canaan Smith for the Sundown Ready Tour and will join Reviver Records labelmates LOCASH for Live Nation’s ‘Ones To Watch’ Tour. Fans can purchase tickets at themichaeltyler.com.
MT also penned Jason Aldean’s “Laid Back” on the platinum-selling album Old Boots New Dirt, three songs on the LOCASH album The Fighters (“Shipwrecked,” “Ain’t Startin Tonight,” and “Moonwalkin”) and a Jason Aldean/Kelsea Ballerini duet “First Time Again” on Aldean’s No. 1 album They Don’t Know.
Hailing from Thayer, Missouri, known as a railroad town, it’s ironic MT is the descendant of the late, great Jimmie Rodgers, known as “The Father of Country Music” who learned his craft around the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad. At the age of 13, over a Myspace meeting, MT met award-winning producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean/Thomas Rhett/Kelly Clarkson/Trace Adkins). After a few years of sending songs and ideas back and forth, MT came to Nashville, Tenn. to play a show at Tootsies Orchid Lounge for their first face-to-face meeting. At that time, Knox was hired by peermusic Nashville to help restructure the creative department. After watching MT play a few shows, Knox felt it was time for him to make the move to Nashville as a peermusic songwriter. The future has just started for this young singer/songwriter who is on the road touring all over the country with his energetic live show.