Emerging country artist Tyler Dial rocks the complete star package: raw, natural talent, infectious, relatable songs and genuine boy-next-door good looks mixed with just the right amount of swoon-worthy country star swagger. The Phoenix, Arizona native singer-songwriter busted onto the music scene while attending college at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied business and gained “real life” music experience gigging wherever and whenever he could on the famed music city’s Sixth Street.
In 2015, Dial dropped his self-titled debut EP which spawned a hit single and his first country radio song with “Damn Good Time.” Now 22, Dial recently commemorated his college graduation with the May 18 release of his new single and lyric video for “Truth in the Way.” (Watch it above). Dial's second EP, Repaint, followed on May 25. The dynamic five-track collection (which is available on iTunes and Spotify) comes via Nashville’s Neon Cross and features a dream team of songwriters and musicians including Neon Cross’ Jeremy Spillman and Ryan Tyndell from Little Louder. The duo has worked with country heavyweights Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line and more. Dial has already opened for huge artists like Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, and Jack Ingram, among others. The BBVA Compass 2018 Brand Ambassador’s own star is destined to keep rising as he embarks on a 2018 summer tour with shows at nationwide BBVA markets and key AEG venues.
Here are five quick facts fans may or may not know about Tyler Dial.
1. His music influences extend beyond country artists and include classic rock bands like The Eagles, The Rolling Stones and Kiss.
In his “Introducing Tyler Dial” video, the charismatic singer reveals that his dad was a concert promoter and he grew up listening to bands like The Eagles and The Rolling Stones, in addition to country bands like the Dixie Chicks. He obviously also likes Kiss. The second track on his debut EP is a cover of the iconic rock band’s 1976 Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit “Hard Luck Woman,” which was penned by Kiss vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley. Garth Brooks coincidentally recorded a version of the song for a 1994 Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass: Kiss Regrooved.
2. Speaking of Garth Brooks, his mandolin, steel and fiddle players all played on Dial’s debut EP, along with Eric Church’s backup singer.
In an interview with Official Music Update, Dial revealed some of Garth Brooks’ musicians played on his debut EP including a mandolin player, a steel player and a fiddle player. Eric Church’s backup singer Joanna Cotton also appeared on the record.
3. Watching Keith Urban hold his captive audience “in the palm of his hand” at a live show prompted Dial to pursue a music career.
Dial has repeatedly credited attending his first Keith Urban concert and watching him command the room as the reason he decided to pursue a music career. He talks about it and is pictured meeting the country superstar at a young age in his “Introducing Tyler Dial” video and again in an interview with The Daily Texan in which he admits admiring and wanting to emulate how Urban “silenced a room and held people in the palm of his hand” at the live show.
4. He’s a championship soccer player who turned down multiple soccer scholarships (including one for the Air Force Academy) to attend McCombs School of Business at University of Texas, so he could be close to the heavy Austin music scene.
Dial was a fierce soccer player for the Scottsdale Blackhawks, who won five consecutive soccer championships and competed in two national tournaments. His high school team also won two state championships. He reportedly received multiple D-1 soccer scholarship offers, including one for the Air Force Academy, which he nearly accepted. He ultimately decided to follow his "true calling" and enroll at University of Texas to be near (and eventually break into) the famous Austin music circuit.
5. Dial realized a dream when he took the stage at CMA Fest last month.
The Phoenix native singer-songwriter performed at Nashville’s annual fan-focused CMA Fest from June 7-10 this year. He met fans, signed autographs, and played some of his songs from Repaint for the enthusiastic crowd. Living the entire experience was a dream-come-true for Dial who said in a statement, “Since I was a kid, playing this week in Nashville was one of my 'home run' goals. The fans were amazing and I loved playing songs from our Repaint EP in the same venues as many of my music idols. Like a kid in a candy shop, it was such a blast to be a part of it all."