Dan and Sydney Flaherty
"I think the loudest applause will come from outside this room tonight" - Dan Flaherty
Special thanks to Deb Flaherty and Family. Thank you for everything that you have done for the musicians in the Wood Buffalo region; thank you for all of the late night songwriting sessions that kept Ken on the road. I promise that I will carry the torch and make him proud.
The Ken Flaherty legacy will forever live on.
Ever since I was a kid, Ken Flaherty was always a source of inspiration to me. I had the pleasure of writing songs with Ken from the time I was in my early 20's; he definitely helped shape me as a songwriter. Ken was my friend and my mentor.
From the bottom of my soul, I am forever thankful for this award. I'm grateful for the support that I've received over the years from friends, family and fans. Thank you to the Arts Council of Wood Buffalo for being a beacon for independent artists and for creating a platform for all creators.
Thank you to Ken; I miss you man.
Raised on fiddle tunes and late night jams as a kid (thanks Mom and Dad!), Tyler has been bathing in the proverbial sea of music for as long as he can remember. After years of playing drums for his father's band, he decided to step into the spotlight and start honing in on his own craft.
Through the years, Tyler has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many talented artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio and Charlie Major to name a few!
Songwriting is something that has always come naturally to Tyler. After meeting his mentor Ralph Murphy in 2010, Tyler was able to fine tune his craft. Sitting next to incredibly talented songwriters such as Michelle Wright, Steve Williams & Jason Blaine; Tyler has been able to grow as a songwriter. "Every session is a new experience and you just never know what kind of magic will be made"!
Although the stage has always been a great way to express himself, Tyler's true love with music is found within the songs themselves - within the lyrics and intertwined somewhere between a melody and the cold hard truth. Songwriting is a passion and a desire for T.W.
If there's a feeling, there's a song...
Check out this great video! Stay tuned for more!
YUP... It's happened.
FRIENDS by Tyler Whelan
This song is sure to please the cochlear nerves so head on over and have a listen! Available for download in the next few days on Apple, Amazon, Spotify etc!