Tyler Meacham | Better Than I Used To Be: Exclusive Premiere

The Virginia singer-songwriter battles self-doubt on a preview of her debut album.

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Tyler Meacham feuds with her inner voices in her upbeat and emotionally resonant single Better Than I Used To Be — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.

The second preview of the Virginia singer-songwriter and producer’s upcoming debut album Into The Fray, Better Than I Used To Be deftly balances pop, rock, roots and electronic elements into an endearing style all its own. Wrapping Meacham’s warm, sunny vocals in layers of lush production decorated with tasteful sonic flourishes, the track fashions a sweetly seductive setting for lyrics that explore what it feels like to wrestle with harsh inner criticism and strive towards self-compassion. The song was written about Meacham’s experiences battling anxiety & perfectionism, and the long, often difficult road required to overcome such challenges. The track was self-produced with her partner Chip Hale in their home studio, a quarantine project that ended up as the birthplace of an eclectic indie-songwriter record that spans fully produced pop to stripped-back folk.

After immersing herself in the open mic scene in her hometown of Richmond, Va., Tyler Meacham met her current bandmates — Chip Hale (bass), Brandon O’Neill (drums), Colleen Christman (keys/vocals/guitar) and Nate Hubbard (guitar) — and created her debut EP Property in 2019. The lyrically inspiring, genre-fusing EP carried Meacham and her band on a national tour, playing everywhere from living rooms to sold-out 3,000-seat theaters. Built on strong foundations of narrative-forward songwriting, Tyler’s musical tastes and inspirations gravitate towards songwriter-producers such as Sara Bareilles, Jack Antonoff and Ryan Tedder. Lyrically, everything Tyler writes pivots around her emotional experiences, honing in on love, loss, and her personal struggle with anxiety and self-worth.

Better Than I Used To Be was mixed by Math Bishop (Two Door Cinema Club, The Killers) and mastered by Idania Valencia (Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes). Into The Fray is due out next year. Listen to Better Than I Used To Be above and below, and keep up with her at her website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.