“A group that you most definitely need to know…arena-filling, vibrant, soaring Americana goodness.”
Jon Tyler Wiley is a seasoned touring/ session musician who has performed with a diverse range of acts such as Sister Hazel, Stephen Kellogg, and Ron Holloway. As a performing teaching instructor with the MusiCorps program, he has performed on stages such as The Grand Ole Opry, The Kennedy Center and PBS’s a Capital Fourth with artists like Paul Schaffer, Aloe Blacc, John Stamos, and Trace Atkins. He has performed all over the world as a member of the Americana band Melodime and is a frequent collaborator of country songwriter Kevin MaC.
After Wiley wrote and recorded his debut solo album, performing all of the instruments himself, he assembled a band of his close friends to bring the music to life. The band the Virginia Choir is made up of a seasoned musicians who have performed with Keller Williams, Curtis Grimes, and The Dirty River Boys, as well as jazz ensembles and pit orchestras around the Northern Virginia area. The diverse band, made up of Eddie Dickerson (fiddle, guitar), Thomas Johnson (keyboards), and husband-and-wife rhythm section Brian ‘Piper’ Barbre (drums) and Joanna Smith (bass), is becoming known for energetic live performances and masterful musicianship. Their first single, “Laura Lee”,” was released on March 19th of 2021. Their single, ‘Strong,’ became available on April 9th, with Skope Magazine calling it “Delightful”, and a “poignant yet upbeat…feel-good single.” The band released four singles throughout 2021. Wiley’s full length solo album, “The Longing,”was released to critical acclaim on February 25th of 2022. Additional singles “Drive All Night”, “I Saw Her in the Sky,” and live versions of “Strong” and “Whiskey” were also released in the summer and fall of 2022. A cover of “She’s Leaving Home” by the Beatles was released in the winter.
In the band’s young career it has already performed at festivals like the Rock Boat, Wisconsin’s Mile of Music (in 2021 and 2022), Texas’s Texified Jamfest and Florida’s Rock by the Sea with artists such as American Authors, Switchfoot, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. It has been seen at venues such as The Hamilton and Union Stage in Washington DC, as well as The National in Richmond. They have opened for bands like Sister Hazel, famed guitarist Ariel Posen and New York Rock and Roll poet Willie Nile. In the fall of 2020, it released a Christmas song as a part of Rock by the Sea’s 11th annual charity Christmas album, a cover of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” In the midst of COVID-19 restrictions they sold out famed Northern Virginia venue Jammin’ Java in March of 2021. They opened for Carbon Leaf in the winter of 2021 and toured with midwest alt-rock legends Red Wanting Blue in January of 2022. The band is preparing the release of “Music for the End of the World,” it’s sophomore LP, due in 2023, which will accompany tours with Newski and Meaghan Farrell. Listen to the unreleased first single, “The Ending of the End,” here.