Country singer-songwriter Tyler Dial has released his debut single “Runnin’ Downhill” with Virgin Music.
Marking his first release in three years, Dial co-penned the Andy Skib-produced track alongside Melissa Fuller, David Hodges, and Mike Robinson.
“The initial inspiration for ‘Runnin’ Downhill’ came from a chapter in Matthew McConaughey’s memoir, which was about the idea of carpe diem—but don’t go too fast and trip yourself,” the singer-songwriter shares. “My take on that is about having fun, seizing the day, and living hard—but you ‘better hold on to your hat when you’re runnin’ downhill.’ I had always wanted to write a song like the Eagles’ ‘Life in the Fast Lane,’ and ‘Runnin’ Downhill’ is that sort of fun, rockin’ cautionary tale, an ideal show opener. Once we finished the song, we were so psyched that we went to get my first tattoo—and David [Hodges] even paid for it!”
In tandem with the release of his new single, Dial has also built out his artist team with support from Make Wake Artists, including creating a partnership with Top 5 Music Publishing and representation from WME’s Aaron Tannenbaum.
“This is a moment that I’ve been dreaming about and working towards my whole life,” Dial adds. “I feel so lucky to be a part of this team—Virgin Music, Make Wake Artists, Top 5 Music Publishing, and WME—who not only understand my vision, but have the same passion for my music as I do. I couldn’t imagine working with any other group of people and am so grateful for their support!”
“[Chris] Kappy (from Make Wake Artists) sent me Tyler’s music over quarantine and I fell in love with his storytelling! Then we met Tyler in person and heard his vision and had to work with him! We are so excited!” explains Jacqueline Saturn, President of Virgin Music.
Make Wake Artists’ Kappy, Chief Navigation Officer, and Alicia Mathews, Artist Manager & Director of Label Operations, comment: “From the second we heard Tyler’s music and saw the vision he had for his artistry, we were hooked. Tyler’s songwriting and delivery is something really unique and inspiring. When you hear something that powerful and fun, you have to grab on with both hands. We know fans will fall in love, like we have with this music and his artistry.”
“Tyler’s passion, vision, and sincere collaborative drive is second only to his sound,” offers Shelby Yoder, Publisher at Top 5 Music Publishing. “We are thrilled to officially welcome him into the Top 5 Music Publishing family and look forward to releasing his music into the world alongside this incredible team.”