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Tyler Hilton

Tyler Hilton in 2010.
Background information
Birth name Tyler James Hilton
Also known as TJ
Born November 22, 1983 (1983-11-22) (age 26)
Origin Palm Springs, California, United States
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Vocals
Acoustic Guitar
Piano keyboard
Years active 2000–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records

Tyler James Hilton (born November 22, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Hilton began his professional career in music in 2000. Rolling Stone Magazine compared him to his contemporary, Howie Day, while others have compared Hilton to Elton John, both vocally and instrumentally. Since the release of his debut album, Hilton has ventured into acting, guest starring on The WB's One Tree Hill as the talented but somewhat arrogant Chris Keller, and playing the role of Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. He also appeared in Taylor Swift's music video "Teardrops on My Guitar".


Early years and personal life

Hilton was born in Palm Springs, California, the son of Kristy and Robert Hilton.Best friends with curtis sangbarani and arran sutherland now living in scotland aberdeen. friends with cu Raised in Bermuda Dunes, California, Hilton grew up around music and began teaching himself Elvis Presley songs at an early age. After a brief stint in Northern California, his family moved back to the Palm Springs area, where he wrote his first song about a girl named Rhian with whom he attended school. Hilton's family made another move back to Coachella Valley for high school, where, at La Quinta High School, he started a band with some of his classmates. The band didn't go anywhere, so Hilton began to enter open mic nights and went to local coffee shops to play his own music. He is not related to socialite Paris Hilton. He keeps his personal life rather private but he is dating Megan Park, his co-star in Charlie Bartlett. Tyler currently lives in LA and is working on his upcoming album due out in 2010.


Hilton heard a local radio station was giving away Jonny Lang concert tickets and called into the Mark & Brian radio show on KLOS in Los Angeles at the age of 16. While on the phone, he sang an a cappella version of Jonny Lang’s song "Breakin' Me." Mark & Brian were so impressed with Hilton's performance that they gave him a spot at the station's Christmas concert. Word of Hilton caught the ear of Maverick Records, who signed him up with a record deal shortly after. Work started on Hilton's debut major label record, The Tracks of Tyler Hilton, and the songs were recorded quickly. The album was released on September 28, 2004. After the release of his album, Hilton joined the likes of Avril Lavigne, Jet, 50 Cent, and Josh Groban as an artist chosen by AOL Breaker for his star potential.


Tyler Hilton

After his stint as Chris Keller on One Tree Hill, Hilton went on to appear in the Academy Award-winning film Walk the Line as a young version of Elvis Presley. For the part, Hilton was given the opportunity to cover two Elvis songs for the film, "Milk Cow Blues" and "That's All Right." Both songs are featured on the film's award-winning soundtrack.

Hilton appeared in the 2008 film Charlie Bartlett and played the love interest in country music artist Taylor Swift's music video for her song "Teardrops on My Guitar".

When Mark Schwahn, the creator of One Tree Hill, asked Hilton to reprise his role as Chris Keller in 2008, Tyler replied, "Sorry, but Chris Keller needs to focus on his music." One Tree Hill co-star Bevin Prince is also a fan of Tyler's and enjoys his music immensely.

Additional television appearances

Hilton also performed in a Season 4 episode of My Super Sweet Sixteen (Amberly) during a young girl's sweet 16 party.


In addition to his own albums, Hilton has also appeared on each of the three different One Tree Hill soundtrack albums, some with formerly unreleased material that cannot be found anywhere else. Most notably, the cover of the Ryan Adams song "When the Stars Go Blue," which was arranged into a duet with One Tree Hill star Bethany Joy Galeotti for the show; also, a cover of "Missing You" by John Waite and the original track "You'll Ask For Me."

Hilton released a self-titled EP on April 6, 2004. All four songs were included on his first album The Tracks of Tyler Hilton released on September 28, 2004.

His latest EP, Better On Beachwood, is now available on iTunes and features three entirely new songs.


Tyler has started his own charity, "TH Books For Kids," in which he donates books to children in need. He often organizes charity concerts to raise money, and many of his fans participate in these events.




Tyler Hilton (2000)

  1. "Not Getting Your Name" 5:01
  2. "Nora Marie" 6:15
  3. "I Believe We Can Do It" 4:49
  4. "Someone Like You" 4:05
  5. "Up Late Again" 2:08
  6. "It's Always the Same" 5:12
  7. "Shy Girl" 4:29
  8. "It's Only Love" 2:37
  9. "If I'm Not Right" 3:52
  10. "New York Can Wait" 3:07
  11. "Last Promise" 3:53
  12. "Don't Blame Me" 3:39
  13. "Meant Something to Me" 2:50

The Tracks of Tyler Hilton (2004)

  1. When It Comes
  2. The Letter Song
  3. Glad
  4. Rolling Home
  5. Pink and Black
  6. Our Time
  7. Kiss On
  8. Slide
  9. You, My Love
  10. Insomnia
  11. Picture Perfect


Better On Beachwood (2009)

  1. "Tore the Line" 3:31
  2. "Don't Forget All Your Clothes" 5:04
  3. "I Believe In You (Acoustic)" 4:09

Music videos

Year Title Director
2004 "When It Comes" Nick Spanos [1]
Adam Pollina [2]
Charles Mehling [3]
2005 "How Love Should Be" Tyler Hilton [4]
2007 "You'll Ask for Me" Brad Belanger [5]

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