The Man Behind the Music
You might not expect a guy in his late 20s with a wife and three kids to quit his job as a youth pastor, sell half of his belongs, move his family into a single-wide trailer and start driving a sausage delivery truck. But for Micah Tyler, it was a means to an end or what he believes was a step of obedience.
With no strong ties to the music industry, Micah used this as a starting point to travel across southeast Texas, performing songs he’d written.
“I just knew I had to be obedient and step out into music full time,” Micah recalls. “I told the Lord, ‘I don’t know how to be a professional musician, but you’ve taught me to be faithful.’ It was a daily decision to wake up every morning and stop worrying about tomorrow.”
While traveling 200 days per year, performing at youth and college-aged camps and leadership conferences throughout the South, Micah gained an understanding of and acceptance by a younger audience, which he humorously captures in a viral music video titled “You’ve Gotta Love Millennials.”
“Here I am, working hard toward becoming a serious musician when this funny video breaks loose—and I’m thinking this isn’t at all what I want to be known for,” Micah says. “But in all of this, God’s helped me recognize he’s provided a special set of colors on my palette to paint with, and I’m the only one who can paint this unique picture with my life and story. If he calls it ‘wonderful,’ then I need to embrace that and celebrate its worth.”
A half-decade later, Micah is starting to see the picture God was painting. Micah now has a national record deal, a nomination for “New Artist of the Year” at the GMA Dove Awards, and a debut album, Different, which released October 20.
The lead single from that project, “Never Been a Moment,” is not only one of the biggest radio chart-toppers from last year, it turned out to be more autobiographical in context than he even planned.
“(Nashville songwriter) Jeff Pardo and I jumped in to writing this song without a specific story behind it, until after it was completed,” Micah says. “Then I realized, ‘Wow, this song is essentially a journal entry of the past six years of my life. Everything my family and I had gone through in this faith journey led up to this.’”
But that could be said of all of the songs on the self-penned album.
“These songs are battle-tested,” Micah explains. “I want to live the music I’m writing. There are some songs I can’t write because I haven’t lived there yet. When someone comes up to me after a concert and tells me how my songs affected them, I want to make sure they know I can relate.”
Different seems a fitting title for Micah’s project. Life looks different than it did five years ago, but the origin and drive of that step he took to serve the Lord remains very much the same.
“Writing this record brought to the surface a lot of insecurities I’ve dealt with my entire life. Not feeling good enough. Psalm 139, David’s praise of being uniquely created felt more like a punishment to me,” Micah says. “I want to sing and look and perform like other artists, but I’m not called to be Jeremy Camp or Bart Millard. The only one he’s called me to be is Tyler. There are times I’d rather be those other guys, but I’m ultimately learning to embrace who God has called and created me to be.”
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