Tyler Hilton is into both acting and music and a lot of you might be wondering if we really need another actor who also sings.
“If it wasn’t me and I heard someone’s like, ‘oh you should check out this record, this guy’s an actor,’ I’d be like, ‘doesn’t sound that cool,’” Hilton said. “I don’t necessarily want to hear music from a guy who’s an actor. Actors don’t seem that interesting to me as a musician. And yet that’s just the deal.”
Tyler has somehow navigated the gap between both disciplines ever since he became popular in 2005 with the role of Elvis in Walk the Line. He was alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for this movie. He later went on to do music and acting when he joined the cast of One Tree Hill for a number of seasons starting from the second season.
This winter, we will be witnessing both sides of his talent. On the music side, his new project City on Fire is out January and for the acting side, we will get to see him reconnecting with some of the stars of One Tree Hill for the Lifetime TV movie The Christmas Contract which is out on Thursday, his 35th birthday.
The movie won’t drag on for long and he’ll play the character of Tyler Hilton who shows up to play a couple of songs including “Don’t Feel like Christmas” and “Get Down’. The movie is an original story that will have people like Hillarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Dannel Ackles and Antwon Tanner among the cast.
″One Tree Hill ended up being the biggest thing that I’ve done,” he said. “It’s affected people in such a crazy way. And even though some of the other movies I’ve been in have won awards and been more prestigious, there’s something about that show that really got into the pop culture psyche.”
He is very eager to have his fans listen to his music and deeper representation of his true self and interests. He spent a long and arduous 10 years with Warner Bros Records before venturing out on his own.
“I think they saw a tall guy with blue eyes and they kept trying to hammer me into like a pop direction. And I wanted to make everyone stoked,” he said.
“I listen to this record now and I’m so happy. So many records I’ve done the past I listened to and I go, ‘I mean if that’s what we’re all agreeing on, let’s do it.’ And this one? I would give this record as a Christmas gift.”
It’s an impressive album with varied song styles, including the searing rock of the title song, the romantic “When I See You, I See Home,” and the country-ish “Overtime.” He wrote it while filming two failed TV pilots. “All of a sudden this music is just coming out because I’m not thinking about it,” he said
His wife made a lovely video of the CD’s title track who is an actress and director. She referred to him as an old soul who has finally found the freedom to do his best art. “He’s gone through such a transformation as a person in the last five years and I think he let go of a lot of preconceptions and labels put on him and the type of music he thought he had to put out,” she said. “He’s gotten back to the roots of why he got into music.”