Ryan Chartrand

Up-and-coming singer and songwriter Tyrone Wells will perform music from his new album “Hold On” today during UU Hour, continuing his nationwide tour.

With a sound that Scott Warren, a member of his management team, calls “a mix between Jack Johnson and Lenny Kravitz,” Wells has experienced increasing success as a musician, gaining popularity through live performances and plays on the radio.

The son of a preacher, Wells grew up in Spokane, Wash., where he was exposed to gospel music. From those gospel roots, he later incorporated soul, rock and pop to create a new, unique sound. “I’ve always been inspired by Stevie Wonder and James Taylor,” said Wells in an e-mail interview. With this, and his fresh, soulful voice and moving lyrics, Wells is the artist to watch out for.

Among his achievements are sold-out performances in The House of Blues and El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as having his songs featured on popular TV shows like “One Tree Hill,” “North Shore” and “Numb3rs.”

Wells’ tour is expected to end in March but may be extended due to his current push of songs on the radio and good response from listeners across the nation.

With this success, Wells has proven his talent and will carry on producing new music. “My hopes are to continue to create honest and passionate music that inspires people,” said Wells.

Download his most popular songs “Dream Like New York” and “What Are We Fighting For?” to introduce yourself to this gifted artist.

UU Hour is from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the University Union Plaza.

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