Nashville Band Carverton’s Lead Singer Dead At Age 24

Kyle Yorlets was shot and killed outside his North Nashville residence on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 7.

Yorlets, 24, was a guitarist and the lead singer of the up-and-coming Nashville pop/rock band Carverton. His murder made national headlines because of the youth of the alleged perpetrators. His assailants were five juveniles – three girls, ages 12, 14 and 15, and two boys, ages 13 and 16.

The musician grew up on a dairy farm near Carlisle, PA. He graduated from Belmont University in May 2017. Yorlets formed Carverton with bass player Michael Wiebell, drummer Christian Ferguson and guitarist Michael Curry in 2014.

The group issued its debut EP in the summer of 2017. It posted its upbeat debut single, “Callin’ It Quits,” at the same time. The rocking, humorous “Hollywood” became its first music video the following month.

Carverton promoted its music throughout 2018 with club and festival bookings, an appearance on WMTS radio at MTSU and an aggressive social media presence.

The group’s current YouTube video for “Wildside” features the lead singer and his band mates performing atop the downtown hotel Cambria. It was released last month.

Other Carverton tunes include “By Myself,” “Misery,” “Pretty Little Monster” and “Veins.” The band had planned an album release show for its new Chasing Sounds collection on March 30.

In addition to performing in Carverton, Kyle Yorlets worked in the Nashville restaurant Pastaria and was a bartender at Milk & Honey.

The accused killers of Yorlets were driving a stolen Chevrolet truck. According to police, they accosted him in the alley behind his house on Torbett Street. After taking his wallet, they demanded his car keys and killed him when he refused to turn them over.

After ditching the truck, the minors drove a stolen Hyundai to the Walmart on Charlotte Pike, where they were apprehended.

The surviving members of Carverton established a GoFundMe account to aid the family of Kyle Yorlets. A memorial service is scheduled for today – Monday, Feb. 11 – at 3:30 p.m.in the Chapel at Belmont University.

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