Like many others Tyler Longhurst turned to music to help him through difficult times during his life, but unlike many others, he actually had the opportunity to perform and talk with several of his favorite music artists.
Longhurst, who works in the service department of Tadd Jenkins Chevrolet in Rigby, recently released his fourth album, TRL Forever, a mix of hip-hop and other music styles. The breakout artist has had the opportunity to perform with and get to know his iconic influential artists such as Machine Gun Kelly and Chris Webby.
He has performed shows in Boise, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Wash., and in Nevada and performed with four or five hip-hop artists that he had listened to.
“That was the coolest thing for me. It was a trip for sure,” he said. “Some had an ego to them from being famous and some were down-to-earth.”
Although he quickly sells out of his hard copies, songs on Longhurst’s third album has topped 60,000 in online sales, including in 10 countries.
“It’s not a lot, but for someone from around here, it’s still pretty cool. I was stoked,” he said. “It’s a fun side gig to have.”
Longhurst has a good feeling about pursuing his ultimate goal of making and performing music as his career.
“If you want to make it, you must stand out and be unique. With my style, I’ve got a good feeling about it. I’ve had a lot of support and a good fan base in Idaho Falls,” he said. “I feel like I can make that happen and accomplish that.”
He believes that everyone should have a dream that they are chasing.
“Everyone has a purpose of their own,” he said. “One thing I like people to know is to find the motivation to chase their dream and to be as good a person as you can. Karma is a real thing in life.”
Longhurst began writing and performing music while still in high school. He excelled in English—especially with writing poetry as a way to express himself. He decided to just add music and began posting videos on Facebook and Youtube. With hundreds of positive responses, he went on release his first album at age 18.
All four albums are available on almost all online venues, including itunes, Amazon and Spotify. Although his albums are produced in a professional studio in Pocatello
by someone who learned the vocation in Hollywood, Longhurst has learned to do the business side himself—learning how to sell his music online, book tours and gigs, and market and manage his business.
“It was difficult—especially with my first album when I was 18,” Longhurst said. “But I’ve got a go-get-them mentality where I try to push everything myself. I like handling everything myself.”
Although about half of the songs on each album are rap and hip-hop, Longhurst definitely doesn’t stereotype himself as a rapper, he said. He believes in positivity and uplifting messages, and writes his lyrics accordingly.
“My music is all clean, I don’t swear. I want to help people through situations in life. I don’t want to limit my audience,” he said.
Longhurst writes his own music. Lyrics often depend on the mood he was in at the time. Down days usually equal deeper material, he said. He plays a little guitar and his producer is amazing on the piano, he said.
“Maybe nothing major will ever come from this, but I like to write music to relieve stress,” Longhurst said.
And then again, maybe something major will come of this.
He is definitely chasing his dream.
Longhurst graduated from Bonneville High School in 2013. He currently lives in Idaho Falls. He has worked at Tadd Jenkins for two years. He is the son of Redge Longhurst and Debbie (Denning) Longhurst.