Surrey’s Tyler Joe Miller is a step closer to being crowned Top of the Country contest winner, based on public votes in a round of eight finalists.
The country musician has been named a top-three finalist in the SiriusXM-backed competition, along with Vernon’s Raquel Cole and Kelly Prescott of Almonte, ON.
This fall, the three artists will hit the stage during Country Music Week in London, ON, where the champ will be announced, given $25,000 cash and invited to a SOCAN songwriting camp.
The contest is held in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).
Contest voting ended June 28 after two weeks, and results were announced Tuesday, July 6.
“Well hot dog, votes are in!” Miller posted to Facebook. “Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to vote every damn day, it means a ton! Honoured to be apart of this with such badass artists and friends.… Guess y’all are stuck with me now!”
A Frank Hurt Secondary grad, Miller now lives in the Cloverdale area. He was born in Surrey and first played in a band before he took a break from music for several years. During his time off, Miller began doing humanitarian work.
“With a desire to fuse his love of music with a passion for philanthropy, Tyler Joe began his own non-profit organization called The Climb Outreach Society,” a bio says. “His debut single ‘Pillow Talkin’ recently went #1 on Canadian Country Radio.”
Signed to MDM Recordings, Miller released his latest single, “Sometimes I Do,” on June 15.
Later this summer, Miller is booked to perform Friday, Aug. 27 at Fort Langley’s Sumerset Music & Arts Festival, as part of a weekend-long showcase that also features Daniel Wesley (Aug. 28) and Tim & The Glory Boys (Aug. 29), among other artists. Details are posted to summersetfestival.ca.