Ty Waters Wins Best Pop Song of the Year at Hollywood Music in Media Awards for New Single “Only Human”
By Scott Green
December 12, 2016
Waters Will Perform at the APAP Conference in New York City on January 7, 2017
Full-length Album ‘Only Human’ Will Be Released in 2017
“If you haven’t heard of Ty Waters yet, you soon willTy is showing a talent way beyond his years!” – J-14
Eleven-year-old vocal prodigy Ty Waters was awarded Best Pop Song for his new single “Only Human” at last month’s Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The song, which was also nominated for Best Music Video, is the title track from his newest album and is co-written with Dawn Elder (composer, writer, producer), Michael Jay (co-writer), and Randy Waldman (co-writer).
Waters’ performance of “Only Human” at HMMA was filled with exhilarating energy and received a standing ovation. He was joined by an all-star band, including Bob Malone (keyboardist, MD), best known for performing with John Fogerty; Tariqh Akoni (guitarist, MD), touring nationally and internationally with Josh Groban; Kenny Aronoff (drummer), most associated with the John Mellencamp band; Paul Hefti (guitarist), son of legendary composer Neil Hefti-jazz aficionado; Dan Antunovich (bass), best known as a Musical Director and touring with Kitaro; Ramon Yslas (percussions), a renowned percussionist for many artists including Carlos Santana, Lynne Fiddmont, and Fred White; Lamont Van Hook (backup singer), who has performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles and the Eagles; the brass section is led by Mike Rocha (trumpet), with Ian Roller (saxophone), Ryan Dragon (trombone), and Jerry Lippittv (alto sax).
Often called an old soul with a young heart, Ty Waters is on a mission to help mankind find peace. He explains when asked about his newest song, “I wanted to write a song about world peace, but then I realized that we should have peace with our family and friends first and if we have that, we can have peace everywhere.”
“Only Human,” the single, features many extremely talented musicians, including Randy Waldman, Rami Jaffee, Kenny Aronoff, Luis Conte, Michael Fish Herring, Tariqh Akoni, Dan Antunovich, Fred White, Lynne Fiddmont, and Grammy-winner on harmonica Howard Levy.
The album Only Human was produced by composer and pianist Dawn Elder. In addition to his debut, award-winning title track and single, it features eight stunning tracks co-composed and co-arranged by Elder and Waldman, and features a wide array of legendary musicians, including all of the above, as well as Errol Cooney, Nat Watts (Stevie Wonder), Bruce Gaitsch, Sean Hurley (John Mayer, Robin Thicke, Jeff Beck), Carlitos Del Puerto, Vinnie Collaiuta (Sting, Peter Gabriel, and more), Les Lovitt, Bill Bergman (Eagles), Arlan Oscar (Joe Bonamassa), to name a few. Other songs on the album are written by multi-platinum writers Jud Friedman, Michael Sembello, and Andre Lindal.
Waters got his start at the Ultimate Vocal & Music Summit, an elite program for highly focused and talented young singers-songwriters, developed by veteran composer and producer Dawn Elder. During his time there, he caught Elder’s eye and she offered to mentor him as part of her elite team of protges.
Since then, Waters has won BC Junior Talent, American Protege’s Vocal Competitions and PNE Star Showdown. He has performed at various events and fundraisers, such as Variety’s Children’s Charity’s 50th Anniversary Show Your Hearts Telethon, Canada Winter Games, Canucks Place galas, Canada Special Olympics, NHL Canucks, Whitecaps soccer, BC Lions football, and Canadian baseball games.
On January 7, 2017, Waters will perform at APAP, the global performing arts conference, taking place in New York City on January 6-10, 2016. He will perform as part of the concert premiere of “Straight To The Heart” featuring an award-winning group of artists representing a wide spectrum of ages and diverse backgrounds and nearly every genre of music. They all came together to share their talents in effort to bridge our communities and heal the social divides that have become significant throughout our country. Waters said, “I hope to share my music in an effort to bring some joy and help to start a positive dialogue.”
Waters is currently preparing for the upcoming release of his album Only Human and upcoming tour.
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