You read it right. Steven Tyler, legendary rocker known for his lead singer role in iconic band Aerosmith is this week’s Country Music’s #CMchat One to Watch. Considering this feature focuses on up and coming country artists, it made perfect sense to focus on the genre’s newest signee in this edition.
The “Demon of Screamin'” soared in the music industry when he became the poster child for Boston-based rock band, Aerosmith. Possessing incomparable pipes and harmonica and percussion playing skills, Tyler immediately proved to be in a league of his own.
Though the iconic band experienced its fair share of difficult times, it always recovered from downfalls, finding peace among the members and resuming the release of chart-topping music. After a late 1970s-early 1980s decline, the group returned with Tyler in the spotlight, experiencing over twenty years of ongoing success.
Then, tour tragedy struck when Tyler tumbled off stage during the Guitar Hero Aerosmith Tour, injuring his head and neck and breaking his shoulder, inevitably sidelining him for a period of time. It was then that Tyler decided to close the Aerosmith book and pursue a solo career … for the moment.
Tyler first emerged back into the public in 2011 when he was named Simon Cowell’s replacement on Fox’s American Idol. It was in this era when he got his first taste of a country music collaboration, performing “Undo It” and “Walk This Way” with Carrie Underwood on the American Country Music Awards.
Tyler later left American Idol to, once again, return to Aerosmith, which he called his “first love.” Never truly severing the ties he began to bind in the country music industry, Aerosmith released a new album in 2012; an album which contained “Can’t Stop Loving You” featuring Carrie Underwood.
Suddenly country music fans started seeing more blending of Tyler and the genre, reporting sightings of the rocker around Nashville, Tennessee. These spottings sparked conversation and inquiries — would Steven Tyler be shopping record labels outside of his beloved genre?
“Mum” remained the word until Tyler began publicly sharing his working relationships with many Music City recording artists, including Jana Kramer, Brad Paisley, and Big Machine Label Group’s founder and CEO, Scott Borchetta. Then, the murmurs intensified as Tyler and Borchetta were seen spending time together at events and fans began to wonder if Tyler would be joining the Big Machine family.
News broke earlier this week that Tyler made his professional residency on Music Row official by signing a recording contract with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine subsidiary, Dot Records. Tyler has been working with Nashville songwriters to prepare his first country music album; an album that promises to marry Tyler’s rocker roots and cowboy boots.
Love the idea or hate it, everyone’s eyes are currently on Steven Tyler. Who is possibly a better “one to watch” right now?