Dyer Highway to Bring their Sibling Country Harmonies to SCERA Oct. 21

(Orem, Utah) — When Tel Dyer was four years old, his mother entered him in the Millard County Fair talent competition. He came in second, edged out by a young girl who sang the same song but used hand actions.

“I guess you could say she beat me out with her style,” laughs the oldest of seven children and one of four siblings who sing together with their musical group called Dyer Highway.

The Highland, Utah-based country and bluegrass quartet will offer an evening highlighting their own compositions celebrating families, small towns and feelings of the heart when they appear in concert Saturday, Oct. 21 at SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem. They will also offer their version of some old favorites and new hits from other music artists.

Reserved-seat tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $12 for adults and $10 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. They are available at www.scera.org, by calling 801-225-ARTS, or in person at the main office at SCERA Center, 745 S. State St., Orem.

In addition to the concert, SCERA is offering a pre-show barbecue from Landmark Catering at 6:00pm in a room adjacent to the theater. The cost is $12 per person, and seating is limited, so reservation must be made at 225-ARTS or purchase online. Concert tickets must be purchased separately.

The four siblings—who say they have been performing together as long as they can remember—will showcase not only their voices but also their instrumental abilities. Tel plays guitar, his sister Tiann performs on violin, Mady plays mandolin, violin, guitar and a variety of other instruments, and TayLynn is a guitarist. Audiences can expect fine harmonies, strong guitars and enthusiastic fiddling.

“Our mom is a great vocalist and taught us to sing,” Tel explains. “Her dream was for us to do music together, and since childhood we have sung together. Fortunately, we loved it.”

They liked performing together so well, they focused on music more than other friends or sports as they grew up. “This was so fun, and we enjoyed being together so much, my sisters and I became our own best friends. Working together on our music also had led to an abundance of mutual respect, and we are focused and dedicated to music.”

The singers, who range in age from 16 to 24, are a self-described country band with bluegrass overtones. They frequently play to multiple regional audiences and released an album they recorded in Nashville before Tel and Mady served missions for their church. Now reunited, they have recommitted themselves to their band and perform extensively in the region. Additionally, they have performed at music festivals in Colorado and Montana.

While Tel does most of the group’s composing, he says they it works better with their music when it also includes some healthy collaboration. “I may instigate the writing, but my sisters help a lot,” Tel says. Among their original songs will be “This Country Stands,” a nod to patriotism, and “Sweeter With Time,” with a premise that the relationships in our lives that are most important grow sweeter as time goes on.

Dyer Highway will have copies of their first album, also called “Dyer Highway” for sale at the SCERA concert, and are in the process of putting together a new selection of songs to be professionally produced in Nashville.

When the Dyer Highway artists observed how challenging the music industry lifestyle can be, they opted to be independent. “We can be busy, we can sell albums, we can perform extensively, build up our base and still have time for family, which is our top priority,” Tel explains.

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APRIL BERLIN

Operations Manager/Marketing & Development 

SCERA Email: april@scera.org

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