By Daniel Warren Hill
Released on Mighty Kind Records on April, 19, 2022, “NOW OR NEVER” is the latest single by former South Carolina native, Tyler Edwards. Previously the vocalist for Billboard charting rock band, I Anthem, Edwards relocated to Seattle, Washington, around the release of his 2015 solo EP Too Young For Love, afterward recording and releasing five songs performed Live From The Columbia City Theater.
Although Edwards’ impressive catalog does contain more rock-infused tracks, “NOW OR NEVER” feels reminiscent of Jack Johnson’s softer acoustic romantic tones in both songwriting and in performance. Acknowledging his transition from a heavier rock sound into a more mellow space, Edwards articulates, “I had to almost learn how to walk again ‘cuz I was so used to playing rock music and its a lot more shock and awe, and I was like ‘What happens if I turn this whole thing on its head? What happens, if instead of filling the room with noise I try to take as much noise and focus it onto the words I’m singing or what happens with the acoustic guitar?’”
“NOW OR NEVER” is timely as Edwards prepares for another upcoming change in locale to Nashville, TN. The song’s romantic undertones also envelop Edwards’ journey throughout his career and creative expression, acknowledging the human need to take calculated risks in order to achieve greatness in life or in love, and perhaps sometimes, both. Inspired by artists like Leonard Cohen, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Ryan Adams, Tyler Edwards’ personal and artistic odyssey is one to follow as he continues to craft great music blurring the lines of folk, rock, and other genres.
With a forthcoming album slated for release later this year, Edwards admits “NOW OR NEVER” sits somewhere between what he has already released and what fans should expect on his next record. “I wrote this song and then recorded it with a friend for fun (not really intending to release it),” says Edwards, “but I ended up falling in love with it and realized the lyrics highlighted aspects of my relationship with my now wife. I showed her and she loves it too and wanted to include this song in our wedding. So this ended up being a very fun and special song for both of us.”
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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