Singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells' most recent music video is set on a So Cal boardwalk, lined with palm trees and adjacent to surf and sunshine. Despite hailing from Spokane, Wash., this bald, guitar-toting songsmith pairs much better with warmer locales, as evidenced by the placement of his sunny songs in episodes of American Idol, One Tree Hill and Grey's Anatomy, as well as his recent relocation to the Golden State.
Wells' success came while under a big-name label, but after its breakup in 2010, he started over, penning enough new tracks for his independent EP, Metal & Wood. That release went on to reach No. 1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart for almost a month. Now his rock-inspired sound is back on his fifth studio album, Where We Meet, released March 6. The hand-clapping pop number "Freedom" serves as the album's single and a great introduction to the warmth of Wells' music.