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Conversations with Tyler Deal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Deal. 

Hi Tyler, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
My name is Tyler but my creative name is TyeSoPretty. I’ve always loved music and just overall creating things. I probably started writing music when I was 7. My grandmother was my biggest supporter and loved to see me shine. She bought me my first karaoke machine and like 20 tapes to record myself on for my “radio show”. I participated in so many plays, talent shows, and performing arts organizations that when she passed away, I needed a way to vent and those things weren’t helping. When my grandma passed in 2017, I literally lost my mind because I lost my best friend. The person who loved me unconditionally and seen every piece of talent in me was gone. One day I woke up and decided, I’m going to do this for her… do this for me. I started writing music again. Something I had been doing since I was 7 years old but stopped because I was too heartbroken and drowning in grief. I searched for other artists I could work with and ended up recording my first song in a friend’s closet in their dorm. I haven’t stopped since. I went from a project with no features and all YouTube beats to a project with elite artists, producers, and creatives from our city. My goal has always been to network and open doors for other people while doing what I love. My grandma was that type of person. She seen the light in herself and shared it with others. That’s my goal. I see a bright light coming from me even when I feel my lowest. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it hasn’t been smooth. AT ALL! Being an artist is EXPENSIVE. And also, everybody doesn’t see the vision. Networking and connecting with other artists can be difficult at times but lately, it’s been going pretty well. Sometimes your confidence can lack and you feel like you’re not good enough or doing enough. Picking yourself up after that is hard but you know you’re a real artist if you can do it! I also have great friends and business partners that help me with everything I need. My biggest piece of advice is, you really can’t do it alone. You’ll also find out who your real friends are when it gets tough. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a singer and a rapper (and a poet). I love music and love being able to find different flows, melodies, and just feel the music. I just started getting into making beats and I want to learn how to record myself. I’m still trying to create an image for myself because I feel like being a female artist is hard! I’m proud of myself though because I’m almost finished recording my 3rd project, and my 4th project is already in the works! What makes me different from others is that music saves my life every day. From every song I write to every song I listen to, it saves me. It keeps me whole. Music isn’t just something I like, it’s something I love and cherish because my grandma did. She has thousands of CDs before iPods and computers became a thing. She is the reason music is a part of me. 

I also dropped a new project on all streaming platforms titled “City Bitch Mu$ic” and it’s not just a project for women. Men love it too!

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up I was super outgoing. I loved to be seen! I was in so many plays, hosted high school and college talent shows. I just had to be seen and heard. I knew that one day, I would be a star and my grandma did too. She would get me up every morning, do my hair, get me dressed and take me outside on the porch just to show me off. She was something else but now I see why I am the way I am. 

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