SongVault Artist Profile
Troy Wykle and BlueSteele
Tennessee, United States
Contemporary Country / Rock & Roll
Troy Wykle has entertainment running in his veins. Born in July of 1972, in Gastonia North Carolina, Troy has been performing on stage since he was 8 years old. At 10 years old, his family moved to the Los Angeles area, where Troy's love for being on stage became more and more evident. In 1984, Troy was a Star Search hopeful and worked hard on his stage presentation Troy spent his time with vocal coach Christine Vanderleast and in his schools choir often performing solos in competition. In 1988 he was accepted in the prestigious Los Angeles School of the Arts. While living in Los Angeles, he played the Hollywood Circuit for years with his Blues/Rock Band "Squeeze Bye." The band generated a large following with hits such as Renegade Son, Red, Lost and Alone Again. Plagued by Indecision. "Squeeze Bye" played many top venues in Hollywood like the Troubador, Gazarris, and the Whiskey A Go Go. Troy split his time between working as a LAPD police commissioned officer and then working as security for many executives and motion picture and television stars at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood and later as Regional manager for a couple of security firms and his music. Troy’s passion for Country music brought him to Nashville in April of 2004 when he resigned his job as a Federal Screening Manager with the USDHS in Los Angeles to follow his Country Music Roots. Shortly after arriving, he signed with a Indie Record Label, and is currently working on his new CD entitled "Drive It Like It's Stolen" which was just finished up at a renowned Hilltop Records in Nashville with Gold Platinum and Diamond engineer and producer Frank Green who among many other things engineered Garths first cut of "Friends in Low Places" Troy was proud to finish the cd along side his band and brothers Blue Steele Which includes James Foglesong on drums, Robert Russell on Lead Guitar, Jeremy Thomas on Rhythm Guitar, and Mark Wilkerson on Keys. The CD is scheduled for release in January 2007. Country music has always been in Troy’s blood. His mother Sharon was ever supportive and nurtured his love of music from a young age. His Grandfather was signed in the 50's Troy used to sit and sing with his grandparents when they would take a break from touring. His Grandfather and Grandmother Claude and Lois St' Jean later went on to become the editors of Country Music Magazine in Canada. They had a Top Ten hit entitled "What Is a Stompin Board." Besides his grandparents, some of Troy's other musical influences include Garth Brooks (his favorite entertainer and a man he had the privilege of singing for at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood) Lynard Skynard, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles, (Little Feat, First Concert at age 5), Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Ritchie, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams (Senior and Junior), Waylon Jennings, and George Strait, among many others. Troy's style is a mixture of touching heartfelt country ballads and hard rocking country standards that gets his audience up on their feet!! His high-energy show is something that you will not ever forget and will leave you wanting more. "Country Music Review" "It's not enough to just sing well, the fans have to feel the story your telling. There's nothing better than looking out on a sea of faces and seeing them get it. I sing because I love to communicate to people. If my songs can help someone rekindle a memory of a lost romance or be a crutch for someone in a difficult time or just give someone a laugh than I have succeeded in my goal." "Stay true to the music and the music will stay true to you." Troy Wykle "We are out and about allot it seems lately so please come on out to a show and see what everybody is talking about.
Hey meet the guys:
Ripping Robert Russell, Lead Guitar and BG Vocals, Robert has over 20 years experience playing the South East circuit he really hammers out those leads when he needs to he is a great addition to the sound of Blue Steele.
Steady Jay Foglesong, Percussion, James is the man! With a history playing his beats for Rock bands he has now crossed over to country and keeps time better than a Rolex. He is a much-needed addition to Blue Steele. James comes from a long tradition of country music and has made it his life graduating from MTSU with his degree in Music Business in December. He is also the grandson of Country Music Hall of Famer and one of the great music executives of his day Jim Foglesong. Although James is blazing a trail into the future in his own right and we are glad to have him.
Tennessee Tommy Lowe ISsa new Addition Joining us on Rythm Guitar Welcome aboard Tommy.
Joe Lowe Has followed his Brother Tommy over and now takes the reigns on Bass Guitar. We look forward to watching him thump it BlueSteele Style.
Songs we are performing have been written by the hottest writers on the scene today Mud, Down South, Sometime, are all written by incredible Texas writer, Tommy Calame, Redneck Of The Woods, Ohh Rah Up and Just A song By Jim Smith and Mitch Townley our very own link to Lennon and Mc Cartney And Rain, Here Tonight, Feel It In My Bones, A Real Good Start, The Cure, Been There Done That and Even Rainbows by Gold Cut Writer, Louis Brown. We are lucky and honored to have these wonderful writers working with us.
Jody's Song was created for 5 month old Baby Jody Hartoon and his family Chris, Tanya, Tyler and Andrew. (Jody Christopher Hartoon 07/27/2007 - 12/22/2007) Rest in Peace Jody Bear we all love you.