Aerosmith lead vocalist Steven Tyler has finally started to pursue a career as a country music artist. This decision has been a venture that Tyler has wanted to explore for many years, and so far the industry has been rather receptive.
The rock frontman released the official music video for his first country single “If Love Is Your Name” on July 3. Less than a month since the track was premiered on country music radio and ABC’s Good Morning America, the video has amassed more than seven million views on VEVO alone.
The success doesn’t end there; according to Neilsen Music, 73,000 digital copies of “If Love Is Your Name” have been purchased thus far. Additionally, the video has been streamed over 4.6 million times and the song has been streamed another 1.9 million.
Tyler fully embraced the country music lifestyle with “If Love Is Your Name” by heading to the famed Blackbird Studios in Nashville, where he recorded his hit single the first day. The song was written with the assistance of Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay (Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow).
Paslay would later remark that he was thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Tyler. “It’s pretty wild. It’s like, ‘Holy crap’! I’m still mind-blown,” he told KNCI 105.1. “If someone would have told me even five months ago ‘Hey, Steven Tyler’s gonna record one of your songs,’ I’d have been like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’”
“The first day in the studio I recorded a song that became my first single, and if ‘Love is Your Name’ then Nashville’s my new girlfriend,” Tyler shared in a press statement. “I guess you could call that Beginner’s Luck.”
“If Love Is Your Name” is the first single from Steven Tyler’s first studio album as a solo artist, however the odds of the record being released before the end of the year is unlikely. This is largely due to the fact that Tyler is currently out on the road alongside the members of Aerosmith rounding out the remainder of the rock band’s Blue Army tour.
“I’ve got to find time to come back and record these songs after the Aerosmith tour,” Tyler told USA Today. “But I flit from flower to flower, country to country, looking for good times and singing about the last time. That’s what I’m putting into the country songs.”