It’s only natural that Sky Wyatt’s love of singing and great songwriting led him to start making his musical mark in country music. Currently recording his debut album with producer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Barry, known for his work with Terri Clark, Dean Brody, Jason Blaine, Charlie Major and others, Wyatt’s rich and alluring baritone voice, keen song sense and natural showmanship display his passion for the craft.
Sky has already stoked a buzz in his native Vancouver, BC area with such appearances as playing the Plaza of the Nations main stage at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, showcasing at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference, and making it into the final round of the Red Robinson Talent Showdown at the Pacific National Exhibition and the British Columbia Youth Talent Search. He has also written songs with such talents as country singers Patricia Conroy (whose material has been cut by The Rankin Family, Emerson Drive and more), Jesse Tucker (who plays guitar in the Brett Eldredge band) and Willie Mack (whose cuts include Sara Evans and George Canyon).
Wyatt hails from Deep Cove in North Vancouver, and grew up in a musical family with a father who taught guitar and mother from a large singing family. A range of styles played around his childhood home from rock to soul, jazz and funk plus such country-folk acts as The Eagles, America and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. During his high school years Sky appeared and sang in musical theater productions. While in college he started taking vocal lessons just for fun – and shared a teacher with a pre-fame Micheal Bublé – and singing quickly became a primary passion.
Another vocal coach urged him to explore all genres of music, and on hearing Tim McGraw’s “Red Rag Top” Wyatt became hooked on country. He started singing with a variety of bands, and is currently the lead singer for the Vancouver Motown cover band Cakewalk. But country music is where Wyatt found his artistic heart, inspired by the new wave of contemporary acts like McGraw, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, fellow Canadians Emerson Drive and others. After a series of life changing events in 2007 he set aside his vocational path as a firefighter and focused his sights on a country music career.
Frustrated in his search for songs he connected with, Sky locked into his muse while on vacation in Costa Rica and song ideas started coming to him. He has since become an avid co-writer of songs for himself and other artists, and while honing his own style and act also fronted a male/female country duo called Chasing Jesse for a few years.
Wyatt’s determination to succeed has led him to learn as much about the business as he can while enhancing his skills. He got a vital boost when he sent a message to Canadian country artist Jason Blaine, one of his inspirations, and got a reply that encouraged his ambitions. Similarly, after he connected with Barry, the noted studio talent agreed to take time to help him develop and record his first album. As he builds towards his own musical goals he also supports and celebrates his country’s thriving country scene with his online Canadian Country Music magazine found at www.CanadianCountryNews.com.
The drive and zeal heard in Wyatt’s music parallels his enthusiasm for adventure and kindness. While he readies his album for release Sky drives a beer delivery truck for Molson and Labatt beers and remains highly trained as a fireman. With a voice that hits straight to the heart and soul and songs that tell stories and paint scenes with the resonance of real life, Sky Wyatt will assuredly make his way into your hearts and iPod playlists.