Between spanning the globe playing keys for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and releasing a new solo record, it's been a busy year for Tyler James. Citing influences from Paul Simon to Rainer Maria Rilke, the Nashville songsmith is one part classic 70s, another part Memphis soul. His new record It Took The Fire has a reverence for past masters that does him good, with Paste Magazine saying "His vulnerable lyrics, uncontrived vocals and memorable piano and guitar arrangements make for a sound as accessible as it is meaningful". James' songs have found their way on television shows like ABC's "Brother's and Sisters" and MTV's "The Hills" and his song “Call My Name” (a collaborative effort with DJ Morgan Page) reached #5 on Billboard's worldwide dance charts last year. James is also one of the founding members of Ten Out of Tennessee, an acclaimed Nashville artist collective whose tours aim to prove there's more to Music City than rhinestones and cowboy boots.