Bright Future: Cathedral sophomore enjoying music spotlight
NATCHEZ — Tyler Gregg, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cathedral High School, may have a bright future in the music industry and has already seen the spotlight on a big stage more than once.
Gregg and his friend Bryce McGlothin, 14, started the band “Easily Distracted” approximately two years ago after a talent show, Gregg said.
“We had a talent show here at Cathedral,” he said. “At that time I was alright at guitar and Bryce sang in the talent show, so I wanted to get together with him and start playing around the area.”
Gregg said he remembers being nervous during his first stage performance at the talent show.
“As I started playing, it got easier,” Gregg said.
Gregg said he started taking piano lessons in second-grade and by third-grade had picked up guitar, too. He also learned to play the drums and bass.
Since the talent show, Gregg said his music interest skyrocketed.
Gregg said he and McGlothin started studying at the School of Rock music school in Baton Rouge where they travel once a week and have also played in groups in front of hundreds of people in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Gregg and McGlothin also booked shows closer to home in Natchez, Vidalia and Ferriday and gained local popularity.
Gregg said he and McGlothin have played at the Longwood Afternoon music festival two years in a row and will be among the headlining bands at the festival again this fall along with their newest band member, Natalie Ainsworth.
Gregg said in addition to music, his hobbies include playing sports and fixing old trucks with his father.
He is a member of the Cathedral High School football and baseball teams and is the son of Justin and Robyn Gregg.
When he finishes high school, Gregg said he sees himself pursuing a career in music, farming or mechanical engineering.
“Right now, I’m really feeling music,” he said. “… It is just something I’m good at. It’s not easy, but I get it.”