Tyler Kealey is a versatile singer, songwriter and piano player. With influences like Elton John and Supertramp, his energy, talent, and story-telling ability have made him a favourite within the Ottawa music scene. After entertaining a loyal fan base for nine years at Fat Tuesdays in the Market as part of Ottawa's popular duelling pianos show, Tyler's original music is another step forward, showing audiences that he can craft meaningful, emotional, and captivating songs while still entertaining a crowd.
Tyler’s ability to play anything he hears puts him in high demand to work with other artists such as Roxanne Potvin and the Cooper Brothers, and a tour playing keyboards for Juno award-winning artist Charlie Major as the opening act for rock and roll legends ZZ Top. As a local entertainer, he’s been joined by special guests including Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Blues Brother Dan Ackroyd, and played for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic in Collingwood, Ontario in 2010.
Tyler released a 5 song EP, Spotlight Sanctuary, in 2004, and in 2009 released his first full-length album, Characters, to a sold-out crowd at the Black Sheep Inn, where Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies opened the show. In addition, Tyler has been performing solo shows at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest since 2007, as well as being part of their Blues in the Schools program which provides musical education to children in Ottawa. Three of Tyler's songs were recently featured in Shaky Grounds, a dark comedy about love gone wrong directed by Ron Leach.
In May 2010, Tyler gained a whole new fan base while completing a successful 6 city, 11-show tour of China, playing in Guangzhou, Shenzen, Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi'an.
Recent shows include opening for the Irish Descendents at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, as well as playing several double bills with Graham Greer of the Barstool Prophets in Ottawa, Barrhaven, and Cornwall. Tyler also opened for Metric at the 2011 Ottawa Bluesfest.
With the help of a FACTOR grant to complete recording on his second full-length album with producer Darryl Neudorf (54-40, Blue Rodeo, Neko Case) in Toronto, Tyler released a new CD, And Somehow I Fell Upon This Place in June 2012.