What would a Melody of Hope event be without music?
We are so excited to showcase two incredible musical talents at Denim and Diamonds on Friday night. Country musicians and Texas natives Grace Tyler and Joel Ryan are sure to add some shine to this weekend’s event.
Grace Tyler is a singer/songwriter and guitar player from Frisco, Texas. At just sixteen years old, she has already begun to make her mark as an up-and-coming country artist. In 2016, she released her first single, “Small Town Heart”, on iTunes and Spotify. This upbeat, down-home tune will surely have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time. In 2017, she debuted her first EP titled “That’s Cool”, a compilation of four tracks showing off her vocal talent, songwriting prowess, and sweet, Southern personality. Like other prominent female songstresses in country music, Grace’s lyrics speak to everyday experiences her listeners can relate to, and her captivating voice cements her as a musical powerhouse.
For being such a young musician, Grace has an impressive list of accomplishments. Here are just a few of her recent achievements:
Winner of the Battle of the Legends, hosted by the Texas Legends and Rock 101 Grill, 2015
2nd place winner of Frisco’s Got Talent, 2016
Opened for Randy Rogers Band for Sons of the Flag charity event, April 2017
First artist to perform at Lava Cantina, May 2017
Performed at Off the Rails Country Music Fest along with Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley, May 2017
Opening for Radney Foster at Love and War in Plano, June 2017
Although she is quickly rising to stardom, Grace stays true to her Texas values—faith and family. When we spoke with Grace recently, her heart for helping others was evident. She told us, “Melody of Hope is an amazing nonprofit that I am privileged and honored to work with! I am thrilled to partner with them and Camp Craig Allen at their Denim and Diamonds event and share my music for an amazing cause!” We are equally honored to have Grace perform for us this weekend. Get her autograph now, because before you know it, you’ll be seeing her name in lights as a country music superstar!
Joel Ryan (Joel Eichler) is a native Texan singer and songwriter with six years’ experience playing for Texas country bands based out of the Houston area. Joel got his start in country music after filling in on bass for a band which he ended up joining for several years. After a short stint on bass, the band added him as a rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist.
When asked what music means to him, Joel told us, “Playing music has been a creative outlet for me. Whether it’s writing an original or putting my twist on a cover, it’s been a means of putting a little of myself into a song. There is something magical about taking silence and filling it with something you have created. And getting to share those songs with other people is icing on the cake.”
Joel has been blessed with the opportunity to perform all over Texas and has opened for many well-known artists, including Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and John Anderson. Although he has widened his focus in life, Joel still enjoys opportunities to perform and give back at events like Denim and Diamonds. He recently told us, “Partnering for this event was a no-brainer. I’m excited to be a part of it and to share the stage with Grace Tyler. It’s going to be a great night!” In addition to pursuing music, Joel currently works in ministry in the north DFW area where he lives with his wife, Lauren.
Huge thanks to Grace and Joel for joining us on Friday night at Denim & Diamonds!
Just a reminder that all proceeds raised at this event will be split equally between Camp Craig Allen and Melody of Hope, who help serve Frisco and North Texas in life-changing ways. Money raised will go toward music production and talent for Camp Craig Allen's 10th Annual BBQ Cook-Off & Music Fest, October 6-7 at Toyota Stadium.