Steven Tallarico (Tyler)
Steven Tallarico, better known as Steven Tyler, is the lead singer of rock band Aerosmith and also happens to be an ordained minister through the ULC! The son of a music teacher, Tyler’s love for music began at a young age and has been showcased in his proficiency with such instruments as the harmonica, piano, and percussion. Well known for his wide vocal range, he has also earned the moniker the “Demon of Screamin’”.
Tyler’s success started in the 1970s with the formation of the Boston-based band. Attending a local rock concert in New Hampshire, he was blown away by the performance of Joe Perry on guitar and Tom Hamilton on bass, and thus began the formation of the band. Connecting with old friends, Joey Kramer, drummer, and Ray Tabano on rhythm guitar, they collectively focused their energies on launching their careers as full-time musicians.
Known for such songs as “Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, “Cry Me a River”, and “Dude (Look Like a Lady)”, Steven Tyler’s career has been one of the most influential on modern rock. Many will recognize his signature scarves on his microphone stand, and the band’s wailing guitar and vocals. Often likened to The Rolling Stones, the band signed with Columbia Records in 1972 and subsequently released their debut album, Aerosmith, in 1972. This was truly the start of a 50-year musical career.
As was common for successful musicians in the 70’s, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry fell into a bout of drug abuse that caused the popularity of the band to wane for a period. Making their comeback once he was clean, with the Run-D.M.C. cover of “Walk This Way”, he landed himself back on the music charts, launching the next great leg of his success with new guitarist Jimmy Crespo.
With appearances on such shows at Saturday Night Live, MTV Unplugged, and The Simpsons, the band reached a new level of popularity, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In his later career, he became a judge on “American Idol” replacing Simon Cowell, and released his autobiography, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, which reached number two on the New York Time’s Best Seller List, all while working on new material for Aerosmith’s next album: Music from Another Dimension.
In 2016, Steven Tyler released his first solo country album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, continuing to showcase his relentless love for music. Through countless changes and trials, he has created a lasting legacy and impact on the music industry and beyond. In 2018, he became an ordained minister to officiate his son’s wedding, and proceeded to offer his officiant services to other prominent stars.
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