By Rachel Dove
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. - Tyler Childers, who hails from Johnson County, Ky., may be only 23 years old, but the words of his songs suggest a soul that is much older and wiser in years than he.
Childers, like many local musicians, was raised in church and began singing in the choir at an early age. With deep Appalachian roots already establishing themselves in his mind and soul, the singer who describes his style of music as Americana was presented a guitar at the age of 13 by his grandfather, and the rest is history in the making.
Childers has a distinctive sound that sets him apart from most entertainers, displaying a soulful sound that catches the audience’s attention, while the words to his songs keep them interested and on the edge of their seats. The singer told the Daily News that he writes his songs from personal experiences, those of friends and family, and also from stories that have been handed down throughout the years.
When asked who his role models were in the music industry, Childers listed Drive-By Truckers, Jason Ibell, Chris Knight and Chris Stapleton, along with a few others. Although other entertainers have influenced the young man’s style of music, it’s clear to those who attend a performance that Childers remains in a field all his own and appears to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
His personal hero and role model is his grandfather, who always encouraged Childers to keep singing and writing, and to never lose sight of his goals. Sadly, his grandfather passed away when the singer was only 15 and never got to see his grandson perform in front of an audience.
Childers has one full-length release, “Bottles and Bibles,” and his latest release is an EP titled “Live on Red Barn Radio.” Both may be purchased on Itunes, Amazon.com and Spotify. His music also may be heard at wbwalker.com.
The entertainer recently recorded a live show for W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show that will air Monday and will feature a soon-to-be-released single, “Keep Your Nose on the Grindstone,” that stems from a saying that Childers’ father used with his sons as they were growing up,
He will be opening for Scott Miller at Willie’s Locally Known in Lexington, Ky., on March 28, and will be appearing on stage April 3 at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky.
For more information on Childers, visit the websites Reverbnation.com/tylerchilders, facebook.com/tylerchilders, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.