Tyler Kealey is a songwriter who sings with a passion and conviction to match his emotionally driven lyrics. He uses a keen observation of human nature to create evocative melodies that shift from folk to straight ahead rock and roll, and has an uncanny knack of holding audiences in the palm of his hand.
Tyler has a natural ability to play anything he hears and is in high demand as a backup musician, including playing keyboards for Juno award-winning artist Charlie Major and recently touring with ZZ Top.
In May 2010, Tyler gained a whole new fan base while completing a successful 6 city, 11-show tour of China, playing in Guangzhou, Shenzen, Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi'an.
In addition, his songwriting is being discovered by the film and TV community. Three songs from Characters, his last CD, have been included in the Indie film, “Shaky Grounds.”
Past shows include opening for the Irish Descendents at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, and playing several double bills with Graham Greer of the Barstool Prophets in Ottawa, Barrhaven, and Cornwall.
Tyler was also the opening act for Metric at the 2011 Ottawa Bluesfest, and appeared nationwide on CTV news, as well as performing locally on 2 Ottawa morning shows.
He is the recent recipient of a FACTOR grant and is currently at work on a new album for release in 2012.
Tyler Kealey - Vocals, Piano
Spotlight Sanctuary (EP), 2004
"Tyler is the real deal. A triple-threat who can sing, play and write. Just a super talent."
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“Tyler gained acclaim throughout Canada, the United States, and even China, as an exceptional musici...“Tyler gained acclaim throughout Canada, the United States, and even China, as an exceptional musician and is a perennial audience favourite at the Ottawa Bluesfest.
His song-writing ability, vocal prowess, and astonishing mastery of the piano, along with his genius regarding all things musical, are incredibly inspiring to the students who participate in the Blues In The Schools program and to all music fans that witness his performances. ”
Local Artists are what makes a scene
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“Kealey’s a talented singer and piano player with a voice and a story-to-tell not unlike Billy Joel....“Kealey’s a talented singer and piano player with a voice and a story-to-tell not unlike Billy Joel.”
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"Tyler is fluent in so many ways: jazz, rock, blues, celtic folk, and pop. His commands of melody, h..."Tyler is fluent in so many ways: jazz, rock, blues, celtic folk, and pop. His commands of melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation have always impressed greatly. He is one of a very small select group of musicians who could quickly gain attention.
I was happy to book Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies as an opening act for Tyler’s CD release at the Black Sheep Inn in 2009. Tyler brought in a great crowd and sold out the place, playing an unforgettable show, as well as selling dozens of his latest CD.
He is such a rare talent, truly musically gifted. He is consistently enthusiastic, he is a pleasure to work with, and he is investing much hard work in developing a profile and a career in music. He is certainly one of the very best emerging talents of our region, and we often mention him as one to watch."
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“Tyler’s songwriting has a great knack for taking everyday items and happenings and making them seem...“Tyler’s songwriting has a great knack for taking everyday items and happenings and making them seem extraordinary through his melody and delivery. I’ve never heard a voice quite like his.”
Kealey to Headline over Barenaked Lady
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July 29, 2009 - [P]laying at the Sheep in this week is Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies, who is ...July 29, 2009 - [P]laying at the Sheep in this week is Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies, who is opening for jazz/blues pianist Tyler Kealey from Low for his CD realease party July 31 for his album “Characters.” One might think it odd for such a big name to be opening for a local musician from Low, but according to Paul Symes of the Black Sheep Inn, Kealey will draw more fans than Hearn will.
“Tyler will probably bring in about 100 people and Kevin about 40,” said Symes, adding that the combined crowd will be perfect for this type of show.
Another issue with booking Hearn in a headliner slot was the fact that the booking request came in last minute and Symes’ programming was already booked solid.
“What am I going to do, bump Tyler Kealey? It’s his CD release party,” said Symes.
“It wouldn’t be fair.”
Symes added that Hearn will be a perfect opener for Kealey as the two are a “mirror image” of each other, as they both play keys and have a similar sound.
The Kealey show begins at 9p.m. For more information, visit the Black Sheep online at www.theblacksheepinn.com.
Set 1 (45 minutes)
When the Music Is Over
The Wiz Kid
Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney)
Set 2 (45 minutes)
On Your Own
Learn to Walk
Fight for Finn
Some cover songs that Tyler plays regularly as well include:
Movin' Out - Billy Joel
Benny and the Jets - Elton John
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Thunderstruck - ACDC
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns N' Roses
Clocks - Coldplay
Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
Solsbury Hill- Peter Gabriel
Best of You - Foo Fighters
Instant Pleasure - Rufus Wainwright
Long Way Home - Supertramp
Have You Ever Seen The Rain - CCR
Moondance - Van Morrison
There are no upcoming dates at this time.