Steven Tyler to Debut Country Single on ‘American Idol’ Finale
The legendary rocker announced via social media that he will unveil the first single from his much-anticipated country album on Wednesday, May 13. The song is titled "Love Is Your Name."
Tyler will perform the song during the season finale of American Idol, where he served as a judge in the past. His album, which does not yet have a title or projected release date, will be released via Dot Records, an imprint of Big Machine Label Group. Big Machine head Scott Borchetta is currently appearing on Idol each week as a mentor for the contestants.
Tyler turned up at the Grand Ole Opry on March 31 to confirm the rumors that he is working on a country album. According to reports, he's been collaborating with Eric Paslay, Jaren Johnston and Brett James on songs for the project. But Tyler's jump into country is not as unlikely as it might seem.
“My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots," he says. "I’ve been working with some f—ing epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove.”
“I have never met a more passionate human being than Steven,” Borchetta states. “When he goes in, he goes all in, which is the culture of Dot Records and the Big Machine Label Group. I truly cannot wait for the world to hear the phenomenal music that he is creating and I really feel that this chapter of his career will be among his best. He bleeds love and he bleeds music."