In 2016, Tyler Chambers, a native of Douglas, moved 8 hours from his hometown to settle in Nashville with one dream in mind: to do whatever it takes to make a name for himself in Music City as a songwriter/singer. This week, Chambers’ hard work paid off six years later when he signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.
While Chambers has always enjoyed writing music, his passion for songwriting and singing deepened when he moved to Wyoming to work as a ranch hand after attending college. While in Wyoming, Chambers began picking up his guitar more often, which led him to consider pursuing a lifelong musical career.
“It was always something I had in mind, but never really something I took seriously until that move to Wyoming. It wasn’t realistic for me until I started to really play in front of people or let them read my lyrics, and they were really encouraging, so I went for it,” Chambers said.
After working at the ranch over the summer, Chambers booked a one-way trip to Nashville, a city he didn’t know anyone but would be the best place to start his career. Chambers said any self-doubt or nervousness he felt quickly faded upon his arrival in Nashville.
“I fell in love with this city and knew I was finally doing what I love and had to do,” Chambers said.
Chambers took small part-time jobs, with his last career before pursuing music full-time, as a tour guide on a John Deere tractor in downtown Nashville, to earn a living, but continued to work on his passion. “If I wasn’t working, I was writing a song in my apartment or performing at any bar or event center I could,” Chambers told DouglasNow.
In April 2019, Chambers won a 60-75 artist raffle to have a song recorded by producers at famed Nashville recording studio The Ruckkus Room. The song he chose to record, “Kiss Me Like That”, received more positive feedback than expected and marked a turning point in his career.
Since 2018, Chambers has written over 400 songs, including hits like “I Saw Your Car” and “See That Summer”, and has over 27,400 monthly subscribers on Spotify. He has also co-written songs with well-known writers including Adam Sanders, Muscadine Bloodline, Noah Hicks and Bryce Mauldin.
After years of chasing his dream all over Nashville, the moment Chambers “has been waiting a long time for” has recently arrived. On Monday, publishers at Warner Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, announced that Chambers had signed a global publishing deal with the company.
In a press release, A&R Director, WCM Nashville, Will Overton praised Chambers, commenting, “Tyler has such a unique perspective in his writing.
that brings its story to life. It’s so gratifying to see his talent evolve and grow since we first met!”
Randy Montana of publishing company Six Ways to Sunday Music, who has worked in the studio with Chambers, continued: “Tyler is such a great talent. He really pulls out all the stops to take his songwriting and singing to the next level. Watching his career take shape has been a pleasure to be a part of.”
According to its website, Warner Chappell Music has offices in more than 20 counties and is home to a “wide range” of songwriters from various genres. The company also features an impressive list of artists and songwriters they are currently working with, including Thomas Rhett, Katy Perry, Grateful Dead, Led Zepplin, Madonna and Cardi B.
Chambers told DouglasNow that he “records a lot and just tries to get as much music out as possible.” He continued: “I have known for a long time that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Growing up in and around Douglas made me the writer and musician I am today. I will always be grateful. for my hometown and the Never be afraid to pursue your dreams South Georgia will forever hold a special place in my heart.
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