Ty Brown went the long way around to find love, but he found it. When he went to Los Angeles last year, he thought he’d find love as a contestant on “The Bachelorette.” He was booted in the seventh episode, but went home with a rekindled passion for country music.
“It took going on the show to make me realize there’s more to life than making a bunch of money and having no time to spend it,” Brown said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “My quality of life is 10 times better, and I love what I do.”
Brown, who was born in West Point and grew up in Booneville, worked for 10 years in Nashville in pharmaceutical and medical sales before going on “The Bachelorette.” Now that the show’s over and he’s entering this new career, he’s learned the show was both an inspiration, and now, a bit of a challenge, for his career.
“It absolutely helped – 25-plus million people watching a week doesn’t hurt, no matter what you’re doing,” he said. “But I’ve had to earn my keep. It’s kinda like your dad being the coach on the baseball team you’re playing on, because you’ve gotta prove yourself a little bit more. With my writing and the songs that we do, I do prove myself.”
The Mississippi State University alum still lives in Nashville and is currently working on an album.
“We’re actually looking for a few more songs. I’ve been very fortunate to write with some awesome writers,” he said.
A few of his songs can be found on his website, tybrownmusic.com.
He’s also going on tour. He has a revolving door of musicians who make up his band, and he takes the guys out on the road. He played in Tupelo last weekend and has a show in Oxford coming up.
“We do a pretty dadgum good show,” he said. “We make sure the crowd has a good time.”
While he’s new to the country music biz, Brown said he’s had an affinity for music for years.
“I was so envious of those guys that got to get up there and play,” he said. “It looked like a lot of fun, so I picked up a guitar and started playing. I was 17, and it’s been history from there. I taught myself how to play and I’ve never looked back.”
Is his new career as exciting as he thought it would be when he first picked up the guitar?
“It’s 10 times better,” he said. “There’s a certain feeling, when you walk out on stage and everybody’s looking at you. Some people get nervous, but that’s the biggest adrenaline rush. I can’t explain it. It’s amazing. I don’t see myself doing anything else. I’m happy doing this, and this is what I wanna be doing.”
Sounds like a man in love.
HEAR HIM LIVE
– Who: Ty Brown
– When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
– Where: Proud Larry’s, Oxford
– Cost: $10
– Info: proudlarrys.com
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