“"A well-balanced blend of electric and acoustic rock. His distinctive voice and vision help bring together a diverse range of approaches, from the celebratory to the tragic." .... Beach Sloth, SKOPE Magazine (October 25, 2014)”
Saskatchewan based rock group, Tyler Gilbert has always striven to be a voice for the overlooked, the ones who never quite fit in, the lone kid, the underdog. From their 2008 debut EP "Vos" to 5 albums later, none of their work has been more intentionally pointed at them more than their upcoming release "Underdog" (2019). Over the years his sound has evolved from a more folk sound to hard rock, which he brought in Mark Ennis on drums and Rob Dakiniewich on bass to deliver. They have done national tours of Canada and the USA from coast to coast, performed at countless major festivals, including the Ohio State Fair, Burlington's Sound of Music, Canadian Country Music Award Festival, World Women’s Curling Championship, May Run Music Fest, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, International Folk Alliance and the Canadian Western Agribition; performed live on Global TV and CTV while their music hit the playlists of commercial, Sirius XM, online and college radio stations all across Canada, USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and South Africa.
"Ghost Behind Your Mind" recent achievements:
- Received airplay on 30 terrestrial and online radio stations within Canada, USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and South Africa. Including rotations and heavy plays.
- #1 on the Fab Chart, spending 5 weeks on the charts.
- Nominated for Best Male Artist on the Fab Chart Awards.
- "Ghost Behind Your Mind" featured on The Movie Jerks podcast as Artist of the Month.
- Reached #5 on the KB Radio Top 25 Chart, spending 3 weeks on the charts.
- "Ghost" Featured on The Piffles Podcast.
- Reached #2 on the Zootap Radio Roch Chart, spending 3 weeks on the charts.
- Reached #8 on Monies New Music Chart
- Reached #10 on Spectrum Radio Petts Wood Top Top 40 Chart, spending 2 weeks on the charts.
- Reached # 46 on the LRDR Top 50 Radio Chart.
The Live Band:
Tyler Gilbert - Vocals, Guitars
Rob Dakiniewich - Bass
Mark Ennis - Drums
- US tours including : California, New York, Utah, Nevada, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota
- Canadian tours including : BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec
- Festivals including: Folk Alliance International, Ohio State Fair, Canadian Country Music Award Festival, Canadian Western Agribition, May Run Music Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, All Folked Up in Montmartre, Broadway Arts Festival and the, Cathedral Village Arts Fest, Bow Valley Jamboree, Living Sky Music Festival, Sound of Music Festival, Grand Porch Party.
- 4 Commercial radio releases to the following formats: US Country / US Campus Radio / CAN Country / CAN Adult Contemporary / CAN Rock / CAN Campus Radio
- Moderate to heavy commercial radio, Sirius XM and CBC airplay with “Lady of the Mountaintop”, “Mornin’ Sunlight” and “Continuously”
- Endorsed by Clayton USA picks and Shubb Capos.
- Has released 3 Music Videos which were premiered by Blank TV and VEVO.
- Live TV Performances on: Global TV, CTV, Cooked with Shack, Shaw TV "Stripped Down"
- Have been featured on such newspapers and magazines such as: Regina Leader Post, Prairie Post, Ominocity, Buzz City, Prairie Dog, Medicine Hat News, SaskCulture Engage, Estevan Mercury, Roseville Times.
- Was a nominated finalist for the Regina Mayor Arts & Business “Emerging Artist Award” in 2012.
- He has shared the stage with artists such as: Sean McCann, Charlie Major, Ken Hamm, Mike Edel, Jeremy Fisher, Wyatt, and Sam Bradley.
- World Wildlife Federation chose a line of lyrics from Tyler to use for their “Earth Hour” anthem in the spring of 2012.
Tyler was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1988. Growing up Regina, Saskatchewan he crafted his song writing skills by recording over 8 multiple song demos from 2003 to 2007.
In 2008 he formed 3 piece rock band VOS with John Buhr and brother Aaron Gilbert which helped sculpt what would become their debut EP "Vos" released in October 2008, produced by Brad Papp. The song “Prison Wall Blues” remained for 16 months on the charts of “Saskatchewan Top 30”. Over the next few years they would play shows locally around Regina, until they disbanded in 2009.
After the break up of VOS, Tyler went on solo and independently released his 2009 album “The Re-session” The album got its name from its relatively small budget. The overall sound and feel of the album is a bare bones singer/songwriter approach, using mainly acoustic guitars and single track vocals. Tyler began touring within Western Canada to help promote the album.
In 2011, Gilbert's 3rd studio album "Tyler's World" was released world-wide on Farmageddon Sound and the video single “Break Free” premiered on Global Regina TV and received moderate commercial airplay within Canada as well as “Song of the Day” on songshooter.com for Sept 26, 2012. The album garnered media attention and later won him the Rawlco radio's 10k20 grant. The style of the album continued with the raw singer/songwriter feel but included more harmonies and electric guitar than the previous album. This was produced by Justin Bender and was the first album of their working relations. Over the next few years Tyler stayed busy touring across Canada and select US states tour with support acts Megan Nash and TB Judd on select legs of the tour. He also performed at festivals such as Canadian Country Music Awards, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Chaplin and Herbert Centennials.
During this time, Gilbert’s lyrics were used in the World Wildlife Federation “Earth Hour” song. He also made is acting debut in Discovery Channels series “Deadly Intent”. Appearing also on Shaw TV’s one hour episode of “Stripped Down” in 2012.
In 2013, after a busy couple years Tyler released his standout album “OK Murphy”, a perfect balance on the 13 tracks set between the acoustic folk/rock of his past and the electric-driven rock of his roots. This was his first album to feature full band, featuring drummer Jayson Brinkworth on drums, Rob D on bass. Producer Justin Bender was brought back to produce Tyler’s 3rd studio album released under Farmageddon Sound. The album spawned 3 popular singles, with “Continuously” receiving moderate airplay on adult contemporary commercial radio stations and the music video was premiered by BlankTV, “Mornin’ Sunlight” received a lot of airplay on Canadian Country radio and CBC stations and “Lady of the Mountaintop” what would become Gilbert’s bestselling and most popular song to date. “Lady of the Mountaintop” would go on to receive heavy rotation on Canadian Country radio as well as Sirius XM and CBC radio. The song also reached #9 on DMDS’ “Most Active Indies” on January 4, 2016.
Tyler was a nominated finalist for the Regina Mayor Arts & Business “Emerging Artist” Award. Immediately following the release Gilbert hit the roads in one of his busiest years, playing countless shows and performing at top notch festivals such as Cathedral Village Arts Festival, All Folked Up In Montmartre, Regina Rams Half Time, Estevan Art Gallery 35th Anniversary, Festiv-ale, Canadian Western Agribition, Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, Midsummer Arts Festival, Kinsmen Telemiracle, Broadway Festival and the Festival of Words. Tyler was brought on to perform song writing workshops as part of the SCES Workshop Tour which travelled to schools all across Saskatchewan. Also in 2013 he teamed up with Regina hip hop act Thunderhawk and Shayne Hawken to independently release the single “Awakening at the End”.
It was in this time frame when Gilbert joined prog metal group Third Ion, which consisted of Justin Bender, Aaron Edgar and Mike Young. In 2014 they released their debut album “13/8Bit” which was release worldwide on Glasstone Records, Peaking at #14 on iTunes Metal Charts, the album was fully embraced by press across the globe, receiving 9/10 at metal.de, 8.5/10 in Aardshock Magazine, as well as featured streams at Bravewords.com, and Metal Hammer Norway. Third Ion completed their first tour of Western Canada, which was well received by the metal community and industry. Unfortunately, shortly after the release of “13/8Bit”, Gilbert decided to leave the band to continue focusing on his own original music.
2015 proved to be another busy year for Tyler, riding the success of “OK Murphy” he would showcase through BreakOut West at Folk Alliance International and toured extensively within Canada and the USA, receiving the attention of multiple newspapers and music news publishers. Performing at the Regina International Film Festival and Awards later that year, he also received endorsements from Steve Clayton USA Picks and Shubb Capos.
Tyler remained busy come 2016, even appearing as the vocalist in The Co-operators radio commercial "A Better Place To Be". In May Tyler signed with GVG Records to release his full band 11 track studio album “The Montana Kid” world-wide, funded in part by Creative Saskatchewan. The title of the album is a nod to his father. Produced again by Justin Bender, the album showed a new side to Gilbert’s music with hints of his country music influences the album received the attention of the country music community. The single “Stains” received moderate airplay on commercial Country radio in Canada. The album reached #9 chart position on CJTR.
Immediately following the release, Tyler would have his busiest year to date with tours across Canada and the United States sharing the stage with such names as Charlie Major, Sean McCann(Great Big Sea), Wyatt, Jeremy Fisher, Ken Hamm, Pare, and Sam Bradley. Performing at high profile events such as the World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current, SK, High Schools for Hope Charity event, Ohio State Fair, Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival, Grand Porch Party, Bow Valley Jamboree and the Living Sky Music & Food Festival.
Tyler appeared as a guest vocalist on Daniel Besuijen’s 2016 album “The Witch Riding Your Back”. He also appears on CJTR’s “Got It Covered” compilation covering one of his early influence’s songs “To the Lady Downstairs” by the Bull North. "Stains" would later be featured on SaskMusic's InTune compilation. In early 2017 his song “Mornin’ Sunlight” was used in the Case Martingale "Unique Gifts" Compilation as he continued to tour Canada and the US.
2018 brought some major changes to Tyler's sound and look, taking on a heavier edgier tone. "Need Love & Shelter" was released in early 2018 which introduced his fans to his new hard rock style, backed by bassist Rob Dakiniewich and drummer Mark Ennis.
Followed by “Ghost Behind Your Mind” which pushed the new sound to a whole new heavier level, being compared to that of Alice in Chains, Black Label Society, Ozzy, Soundgarden and Alter Bridge. “Ghosts has been receiving a lot of airplay across 30+ stations across Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa and Australia. It reached #1 on the Fab chart in UK, spending 7 weeks on the charts, this also lead to being nominated for the Best Male Artist category on the Fab Chart Awards. The song is currently sitting in the #3 spot on KB Radio Top 25 chart, along with reaching #5 on Zootap Radio’s Top 10 Chart. The rock single also reached #8 on Monies New Music Chart and was featured on The Movie Jerks podcast as the Artist of the Month.
The last 2 singles gave listeners another glimpse into the new sound, this time with a mix of electronic beats and heavy rock driven guitar leads. The first of this style was a cinematic “Stand For You”, offering a nod to Bon Iver in the sense of creating a textural scene with ambient sounds and soft vocals.
“Across the Sea” was the final single to be released from the album upon its release. The single came out swinging blending the heavy rock sounds of “Ghosts” with the electronic elements of “Stand For You” to offer a style what some have described as Michael Jackson meets Zakk Wylde.
Over the years, Tyler Gilbert has transformed his sound from a more folk based style to a hard rock sound. The Saskatchewan based rock group has always striven to be a voice for the overlooked, the ones who never quite fit in, the lone kid, the underdog. From his 2008 debut EP "Vos" to 5 albums later, none of his work has been more intentionally pointed at them more than his upcoming release "Underdog" due out March 29, 2019.
The album will be available across all major digital retail platforms. The album features 16 hard hitting tracks that range from hard rock to electro rock, and even an acoustic instrumental. The album aims at keeping rock alive with heavy riffs and squealing guitar solos that will have any rock/metal fan appreciate; soaring vocals with just the right amount of harmonies that are able to grab the attention of any mainstream music fan.
Underdog - (2019)
The Montana Kid - (2016)
OK Murphy - (2013)
Tyler's World- (2011)
The Re-session - (2009)
SKOPE Magazine - Boston, MA - https://skopemag.com/2014/10/25/tyler-gilbert-okay-murphy
Hot Indie News - http://www.hotindienews.com/2014/10/30/43868
JP's Music Blog - http://www.jpsmusicblog.com/2014/11/cd-review-new-music-from-indie-artists.html
Prairie Post - Southern AB/SK - http://www.prairiepost.com/entertainment/music/item/4548-hard-working-regina-singer-hits-medicine-hat-swift-current-july-24.html
The QC - Regina, SK - http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/What+eating+Tyler+Gilbert/5645785/story.html
The Walleye - Thunder Bay, ON - http://issuu.com/TheWalleyeMagazine/docs/walleye_sept2011_final_lores/17
Ominocity - Saskatoon, SK -
Leader Post - Regina, SK -
LA Beat - Lethbridge, AB -
Verb - Regina, SK -
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Press & Reviews:
- "A well-balanced blend of electric and acoustic rock. His distinctive voice and vision help bring together a diverse range of approaches, from the celebratory to the tragic." .... Beach Sloth, SKOPE Magazine (October 25, 2014)
- "Really, there’s not enough space on this site to sing the praises for this album. I’m hooked. Tyler Gilbert’s Ok Murphy gets the seal of approval. Next stop – American domination."....... Melissa Kucirek, Hot Indie News (Oct 30, 2014)
- "The adult contemporary pop/rock of "Continuously" showcase the diversity in Tyler Gilbert's music ..... JP, Jp's Music Blog (Nov 6, 2014)
- Tyler's CD's have been placed in the Library and Archives of Canada.
- Was featured on Cynthia Kahn's Amused Now Podcast (December, 2014)
- Tyler has been featured in Regina's "Leader Post" twice, in the "QC" paper once, in the Verb paper once, and Thunder Bay's "The Walleye" once
- "Different sound & good voice" by Jerry Cupit, Cupit Records Nashville.(2010)
- "I'm glad I came to Regina just to see Tyler." ..... Sean McCann, Great Big Sea (May 5, 2011)
- "The clear crisp chords, combined with thoughtful lyrics, created a relaxing folk/rock mix.".....Susan Hagens, The Walleye (Sept 2011)
- “He has everything to become one of Canada’s greatest songwriters”….. Miss Marilyn, CJTR (2010)
- Was given a good review by Theresa Lawton, wife of director/writer/producer J.F. Lawton(Pretty Woman, Under Siege, V.I.P., Mistress).
- Wow! This kid blew me away! He has a great voice and plays a clean guitar with some good chops and runs. I like the harmonica too. It enhances his marketability. Also, the addition of a cello adds sophistication to his recording. He could be a 21st Century Bob Dylan with one notable difference: Tyler is articulate. It’s a great album. I hope he has a fine career... " - Richard E., Fan Mail (May 15, 2011)
- "Nice Work!" .... Jeff Chiba Stearns, Filmmaker (May 20, 2011)
- "Your album has meant a lot to me since I discovered you and your music back in May. So many of the lyrics smack me right in the gut, and speak to my heart. Sometimes takes the wind out of me to hear songs that express exactly how I feel. Thank you so much for sharing your talent!!........Fan Mail(Jan, 2012)
- “He has a great evocative tone in his vocals." ..... Steve McDonald, BuzzCity.ca (June 2011)
- "Prolific folk songwriter" .... James Brotheridge, Prairie Dog (May 19, 2011)
- "Tyler, a favourite at last years festival, we had to invite him back. He just plainly enjoys performing and recording and we just plainly love to listen to him." ... All Folked Up In Montemartre (May 1, 2011)
- "Taking on an aggressive folk sound, with plenty of ripping electric guitar parts, Gilbert’s take on the genre is both refreshing and atypical. With strong vocals persisting throughout the album, there is still something wholly familiar, even haunting, about his songwriting." .... Ominocity (May 12, 2011)
- "You wrote my life." referring to "Break Free" ... Fan Mail (April 17, 2011)
- "Great well written songs, these should be heard on the radio." .... Justin Bender, Producer/Into Eternity (Feb 9, 2011)