In the midst of a painful loss suffered by Tyler Allen and his family last year, he found peace in music. He’s now making it available to the rest of the globe.
In April 2021, his sister and her kid, who was only a year old at the time, were tragically struck by an 18-wheeler in a car crash. They were slain in a matter of seconds.
As for him, “when it happened, I was more of a rock for each family, making sure everyone was good,” he said.
Tyler, on the other hand, needed to create time for himself in order to recuperate. One of the ways he achieved this was by seeking solace in music, a passion he used to share with his late nephew Noah.
When Tyler used to babysit his nephew all the time, it was almost like if he was his kid, Tyler said. When he was itchy, I would sing him a song to put him to sleep. You have to be on the lookout for him.” “The only way I could get him to sleep was to sing to him,” I said.
Tyler has a YouTube page where he posts videos of himself singing, but he never really considered competing on “American Idol” until one of his videos gained widespread attention. His comments section was flooded with people urging him to try out for the program, and before he knew it, producers were reaching out to him in the hopes that he would agree to participate.
He was first apprehensive, questioning whether his voice would match the program, but he was shortly proved incorrect.
To commemorate Noah, he picked one of his favorite songs to sing to his nephew, Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me.”
Tyler’s narrative impacted all three judges, but notably Katy Perry. “I would play the fool forever just to be your uncle forever,” he sung, causing tears to pour. I expect miracles. You are my miracle. And you are my fantasy come true, Noah.”
It should go without saying that Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan were all completely taken aback by Tyler’s wonderful voice, and it didn’t take long until they voted him through to the next round of the competition!
During Tyler’s ongoing processing and grieving of these great losses, we are grateful that he has found a means to cope while also paying tribute to the persons he held dear to his heart.
“Even though he (Noah) isn’t here with us, I feel he is in a lot better place,” Tyler said. “On top of that, I’m going to see him again.”
Watch his emotional audition below and don’t forget to share.