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Wiley Chandler is a true artist with a passion for music, and more importantly it’s meaning. His songs are sincere and engaging coming from a deep place; and his unique style on guitar is as much a part of his sound as his emotive voice. Organic creativity is something Chandler relies on while writing and recording, saying it’s found when “The music feels like the words, the words feel like the melody, the melody feels like it belongs with the music; and it all comes together to move you.” That thought certainly translates in his new EP, ‘We Both Know The Truth Is’.
Born in and deeply influenced by the South, Wiley, a singer, songwriter & guitarist, has been described as ‘a breath of fresh air’, starting with tradition but not bound by it. While paying homage to the roots of country music he is playing his role in redefining the genre as part of the crop of young country artists today. Staking claim to what belonged to once- young guitar players such as Vince Gill & Keith Urban, Wiley relies heavily on his unique approach to playing the same instrument; and when his vocal finds it’s way into a song, it displays the delicate balance of a seasoned professional.
His ability to affect audiences can be found throughout his work. From the heartfelt & enduring ‘Living In A Lullaby’, to the thoughtful & timeless ‘Take Away’, the intimate ‘We Never Do’, and the illuminated up-tempo ‘Run With The Night’, this strong collection of new material stays close to the organic place it came from. When Chandler talks about writing he says, “I’m drawing inspiration from my life, from the place I’ve come from and the places I’ve been, from the people I know, from history, from movies, from books… from everything I see and hear.” and on creating a sound that is all his own, “I think it’s my desire for greatness. I know I’m not there yet, and I hope I never think I am. But, I’ll always be trying.”
Sharing the same stage as some of music’s biggest stars, including James Taylor, Vince Gill and Ryan Adams, Wiley Chandler has established a notable resume, gaining fans across the genres as the opening act for the likes of Kings of Leon, The Fray and The Avett Brothers among others. As authentic and uncompromising of an artist, entertainer and storyteller as one could find, Wiley breathes new life into the genre and gives music listeners all of the right reasons to be a fan.