Tyler Kealey

Tyler Kealey

 Kanata, Ontario, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Tyler Kealey. Piano based pop music performer. Silky smooth yet edgy vocals. Storytelling songwriter. Entertaining audiences anywhere, anytime.

Biography

Tyler is a talented blues/jazz/pop pianist and singer with an uncanny ability to hold an audience’s attention. Vocally, Tyler is comparable to Jason Mraz, while his blues-infused piano playing and improvisational skills draw from Dr. John and Chuck Leavell. His storytelling style of songwriting is influenced by The Beatles, Ben Folds, John Prine, and Paul Simon.

Tyler’s ability to play anything he hears puts him in high demand to work with other artists. Some career highlights to date include performing in the 2005 Havana Jazz Festival with the Elmer Ferrer Band in Cuba; accompanying singer-songwriter Roxanne Potvin as the opening act for Colin James, Blue Rodeo and The Neville Brothers in 2006; and opening for the New Odds and Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason) with Harpoon in 2008 at the Live Lounge in Ottawa.

November 2009 included a tour playing keyboards for Juno award-winning artist Charlie Major as the opening act for rock and roll legends ZZ Top. Tyler has also contributed to a recent recording with the Cooper Brothers, produced by Colin Linden. Dick Cooper calls Tyler “the real deal. A triple-threat who can sing, play and write. Just a super talent.”

Tyler is also an emerging songwriter and performer in his own right. He released a 5 song EP, Spotlight Sanctuary, in 2004, and in 2009 released his first full-length album, Characters, to a sold-out crowd at the Black Sheep Inn, where Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies opened the show. According to Paul Symes, owner of the Blacksheep Inn, Tyler is “fluent in so many ways: jazz, rock, blues, celtic folk, and pop. He is such a rare talent - truly musically gifted. He is certainly one of the very best emerging young talents of our region, and we often mention him as one to watch.”

Tyler has strengthened his performance skills as part of a popular duelling pianos show in Ottawa, Ontario, where he has been know to break into songs like “Lose Yourself” (Eminem) or “Thunderstruck” (ACDC), solo on the harmonica, or even do a back flip, to keep an audience entertained to their fullest.

In addition, Tyler has been performing solo shows at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest since 2007 as well as being part of their Blues in the Schools program which provides musical education to children in Ottawa. He recently played a double bill with Graham Greer of the Barstool Prophets, who says, “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.”

The most fulfilling part of performing for Tyler is engaging an audience, letting them into a very personal space and being able to give them something worth remembering. He plans to continue doing just that, setting his sights on performing original material throughout the summer of 2010.

Lyrics

Only Love

Written By: Tyler Kealey

Only love only love can do, only love only love can do magic like that
Only love only love can do, only love only love can do magic like that

I often wonder what you see in me,
must be the kind of thing that my reflection just don’t reveal
I think about it and I wonder why
Must be the kind of thing that mirrors don’t reveal to my eyes

Only love only love can do, only love only love can do magic like that
Only love only love can do, only love only love can do magic like that

I’ve given up on why or even how
It’s hard to place it I don’t think that I can figure it out
It’s no illusion no trick up your sleeve,
It’s just the kind of thing you do that makes me really believe

Only love only love can do, only love only love can do magic like that
Only love only love can do, only love only love can do magic like that

Baseball Diamond

Written By: Tyler Kealey

I met you at the baseball diamond. It’s where I’d seen your face before
I had to recollect back then but now I’m sure
Well go if you think you can make it, a great place to just touch base,
I made my way around that diamond learning as I paced

I thought the sun revolved around the moon revolved around my life revolved around the baseball diamond, it seemed like we had been there every year or so
I thought the sun revolved around the moon revolved around my life revolved around the baseball diamond, if I knew you would be there then I’d go

And now I see you at the diamond, we still talk but not as much,
for just a little stitch of time we’re keeping in touch
Well things will change and people look at you and smile it’s just the same
And just like the baseball diamond life is a game

I thought the sun revolved around the moon revolved around my life revolved around the baseball diamond, remember how we lost and didn’t care?
I thought the sun revolved around the moon revolved around my life revolved around the baseball diamond, it seemed that we had forgotten why we were there

My life my love my baseball glove, they’re broken in a little
But you must learn to toughen up though you are torn a little
But time and time and time again I see the ties I see the wins
I learn to lose and still shake hands

I thought the sun revolved around the moon revolved around my life revolved around the baseball diamond, it seemed like we had been there every year or so.
I thought the sun revolved around the moon revolved around my life revolved around the baseball diamond, it seemed that we had lost our touch
It really used to mean oh so much and now I see you and I stare.
The ball it’s going right through the air but hey it’s really good to see you.

Learn to Walk

Written By: Tyler Kealey

Oh you, always running too fast, you know the camera can’t catch your poses
Oh you, with so much on your plate, you know you can’t stop to smell the roses

You would run till you’d fall now it’s back to a crawl and you’re learning to walk again

Oh you, with your life upside down, you said it felt like the ground was above you
Bad luck knocked you down a few pegs now you’re worried your legs won’t hold you

But you need to rewind, it’s one step at a time when you’re learning to walk again
You would run till you’d fall now it’s back to a crawl and you’re learning to walk again

Maybe an angel said a prayer for you
Hoping the coin flips to favor you,
making us proud
the way you pick up and move on, what’s not there is what’s gone and you’re learning to walk again
And with a wink and a nod you just beat all the odds and you’re learning to walk again
 

The Wiz Kid

Written By: Tyler Kealey

The joker and the runner went out that summer with a blonde haired kid called the wiz
They went out on the town university bound to see a friend who the three of them missed
Now the wiz had a mind like no other kind crazy thoughts never heard of before
His two buddies went into shock when the wiz threw a block through the window of a residence door

Rub a dub dubble three bad boys in trouble and who do you think that they’d be?
The joker and the runner and the wiz kid that summer at Queen’s University, hey yah

Well the alarm it did hound like an ear splitting sound and they knew they’d done a bad deed
With the cops on the call the joker ran from it all with the runner who was clear in the lead.
They didn’t know the wiz had some unfinished biz to say goodbye to a friend before leaving,
but he wound up deep in an intoxicated sleep due to the fact that he’d been drinking all evening.

Rub a dub dubble now two boys in trouble and who do you think that they’d be?
The joker and the runner while the wiz kid’s in slumbers at Queen’s University, hey yah

The two thought this was it so they might as well split down the dark university street
The joker didn’t find it funny that they’d need some bail money if or when they did get caught by the heat
He had to hide in a panic had to freeze like a mannequin silent under somebody’s shed
When the cops couldn’t find him they said hey never mind him we’ll go for the others instead
Now the runner he ran like the gingerbread man but wound up in a police collision
They said son get down he put his hands on the ground and took off from the sprinter’s position
They chased him up and down the lawns with their guns already drawn he was quick but he didn’t get far
Though he could run circles around them, the place that they had found him was hiding underneath their own police car

Now early next morn in an all female dorm two girls gather round in a croon
Both shocked and amazed at the boy who had lay fast asleep on the floor in their room
Suddenly the joker bust in with a frown not a grin and the runner out of breath and of jail
They scooped the wiz up and said thanks very much without time to even tell them the tale

Never again will the two of those friends bring the wiz kid along for a ride
If ever you’re around in this Stittsville town for your own sake take my advice, beware of the wiz kid, the wiz kid, the wiz kid, the wiz kid

Lover's Graveyard

Written By: Tyler Kealey

A lover’s graveyard’s open gates has tombstones with two separate dates
a dash to signify the time between them
The tombstones there are half heart shaped with two names to commemorate
a time that lived but finally died between them
He could not save the time that stood as wonderful
and now his foot is halfway in and sinking low beneath him

This was no heaven.

The time engraved for both of them had long run out
the death of him could be because of his revisitations
For all around stood other names, lovers with those time constraints
whose time prolonged with phantom pain sensations
Lovebirds might risk flying alone then two killed by one heart of stone
the death of love without explanation

This was no heaven.

Can any body really blame him
To try to revive that time in his life
To stop the misfortune that seems to plague him

A lover’s graveyard’s open gates are closing now will he escape
while he still can or will he sink beneath it
This is not a happy place the haunted flashbacks on his face,
reveal a part of him that seems defeated
Maybe every now and then we find ourselves just wandering in
and leaving feeling somewhat incompleted

This was no heaven.

Discography

Spotlight Sanctuary (EP) - 2004
Characters - 2009

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes to an hour. Songs are original with the odd twist on a classic cover.