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Jon Tyler Wiley & His Virginia Choir – Out Of The Gate Strong With “Laura Lee”

by Daniel Warren Hill

If you look for it, you’ll find Jon Tyler Wiley & His Virginia Choir already have a brand new single available, “Strong”, and we’re just now catching up to this gem. “Laura Lee” went public in May and had an instant earworm effect before its music video debut made it twice as habit-forming.

Seasoned musicians Eddie Dickerson (fiddle, guitar), Thomas Johnson (keyboards), and husband-and-wife rhythm section Brian ‘Piper’ Barbre (drums) and Joanna Smith (bass) join Jon Tyler Wiley (guitar, vocals) to produce what they lovingly refer to as ‘not country’ music by implementing country music instrumentation to produce a unique blend of Alternative Americana. 

Wiley says the entire song came to life after the melody and lyrics for the first line came to him in a moment of inspiration: “Saw her there in the corner singing somebody else’s song.” And the music video does a great job of playing on that idea by having band members coming across an unidentified individual (who is obviously not Wiley) singing the song in a public park.

You’ll soon find yourself being the one singing “Laura Lee” and other songs by Jon Tyler Wiley & His Virginia Choir. Check it out, and you’ll see why.

This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly Spotify Playlist and YouTube Playlist. You can find Jon Tyler Wiley as a guest on the Alchemicast podcast with Andy Reed when his episode airs on May 12.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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