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Servant Leaders in Action: Arts & Entertainment

Skyrocketing Career in the Music Industry

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National music sensation and PCC graduate Tyrone Wells (BA ’98) arose from humble beginnings to become a successful Christian influence in the music industry. The youngest of five children in a family of pastors, Wells grew up expecting to follow the family tradition. However, his future career began to shift as he explored his musical talents.

While at Hope, he began developing his stage presence and perfecting his craft by performing at a local coffee house, McClain’s, for those who would listen. After three years of performing, the small coffee house could no longer contain his fans. Realizing that his dream was becoming a reality, he set out towards the national scene. Wells’ music can now be heard on several television series such as One Tree Hill, Numb3rs, The Mountain, and Rescue Me as well as feature film Everyone’s Hero. He recently signed a recording contract with Universal Republic Records in 2006.

When Wells graduated high school, he took a year off of school to work. His sisters, who were attending Hope, convinced him to apply to Hope. Wells is thankful that he did, and today he speaks of the incredible impact Hope had on his life and his career development. He acquired the critical thinking skills necessary for his music career. Most importantly, practicum classes guided by “top-notch professors” provided hands-on experience that prepared him for the industry. “It was the real world”, says Wells.

Through groups such as Ekklesia, the University’s touring vocal group, and from his band Sky Park, Wells gained the experience and exposure he needed to begin his career in the music industry.