Steven Tyler to Release Country Music Album by 2016

The Aerosmith lead singer has moved to Nashville and will reportedly sign with Big Machine Records.

Rumors swirled in early 2015 when Steven Tyler packed up and moved to Nashville. The Aerosmith lead singer has spent the past few years co-hosting American Idol and living in Los Angeles, so it was a bit of a surprise when he announced last October that he’d be making a move to Nashville.

Tyler has been sighted around the city since January and is reportedly in talks with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records, the label behind Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, among others.

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According to Billboard, Tyler is working with several Nashville songwriters including Bret James and Jaren Johnson. The former is the mastermind behind Carrie Underwood’s hits “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova”, while Johnson has written chart toppers for Eric Church, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw.

This won’t be Tyler’s first foray into country music. In 2011, he and Carrie Underwood performed a medley of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, “Walk This Way” and Underwood’s “Just a Dream” and “Undo It” for the Academy of Country Music Awards. Also, in 1995, Garth Brooks turned Aerosmith’s “Fever” into “The Fever”, giving it new life as a rodeo anthem.

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Steven Tyler to Release Country Music Album by 2016