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After building a massive following on his own, Tyler Ward is ready to move up the majors

"The first time I dealt with a major label, I thought I had all the answers," recalls Tyler Ward. "I thought I was so good at what I did that they couldn't tell me what was going on. There were two or three offers on the table, and I said, 'I know better than you guys. You're trying to change me. You're trying to control me.'"

It was an audacious stance for the singer-songwriter/producer to take. The then-26-year-old was still making music in his parents' basement when the labels came courting more than two years ago. Working from a bare-bones studio in Aurora, Ward had quickly built up a rabid following online with his do-it-yourself approach to performance, music production and songwriting.

See also: - Tonight: Tyler Ward at the Bluebird Theater, 11/23/12 - The ten best concerts this weekend: 11/23-25

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