Like many artists, Wyatt Durrette found his inspiration as a child. Listening to country
and bluegrass music with his father, young Wyatt connected to something in the rhythm
and vibrations of music and a sound that became inextricably tied to his childhood. At
age eleven, Wyatt tried his hand at adding to that soundtrack by writing his first song.
Wyatt’s interest in music continued into his college years where his influences
expanded to Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles and Steve
Miller. But coming from a large Virginian family – he is one of eight children – Wyatt
understands the importance of roots and so he held onto his by combining the
country/bluegrass music of his past with the island music of his present, creating the
unique sound in his songs.
While bartending and managing in the local bar scene, Wyatt eventually settled in
Atlanta, GA where he managed The Dixie Tavern. It was at this local Atlanta hangout
where Wyatt met Zac Brown who was part of The Dixie’s weekly entertainment. The two
have been writing songs that have been entertaining and inspiring fans ever since.
Wyatt’s collaboration with Zac has resulted in a collection of songs that celebrate life
and the simple joys of living…and what a record-setting collection that is. Twenty two
million singles, eight million albums and twelve #1 hits to be exact.
Hot off the heels of a Grammy win for the Zac Brown Band as “Best New Artist,” the
band made history as the first artist to achieve four #1 songs in a row from a debut
album—all four of these songs co-written by Wyatt, including #1 platinum hits “Chicken
Fried,” “Toes,” as well as “Whatever It Is,” and “Highway 20 Ride.” The number “1” has
been a recurring number for these songwriters, reaching top status on numerous charts
including Billboard, iTunes, Mediabase, R&R/BDS, CMT and GAC. With Zac Brown
Band’s deb ut album, The Foundation, surpassing two million in sales, this album has
amassed a staggering eight million in digital sales to date, as well as a Billboard Top 20
Album of 2010. Zac Brown Band’s second major label studio album You Get What You
Give, is another winning collaboration, with Wyatt co-writing eleven of the fourteen and
repeating the magic of another four #1 songs including singles “As She’s Walking Away”
featuring Alan Jackson, “Knee Deep” featuring Jimmy Buffett, “Colder Weather” and
“Keep Me In Mind”. Released in September 2010, this album followed the same path of
success, garnering a #1 Billboard Top 200 and Country album, another Grammy win for
the group, as well as becoming certified Platinum. Wyatt also received Grammy and
Academy Award nominations in 2010 for “Where The River Goes”, a song written for
the motion Picture Footloose. 2012 brought the release of Zac Brown Band’s third major
label studio album Uncaged. This album continued the sensation winning Best Country
Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. With Wyatt co-writing every song but one on this
album, it hit #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart as well as #1 on the US Billboard Top
Country Albums chart, with over one million records in sales. Two years later in 2015,
Jekyll + Hyde was released, marking Zac Brown Band’s fourth major label studio album.
This album had Wyatt’s touch on it with co-writing on eleven tracks, including “Heavy Is
The Head” featuring Chris Cornell. This album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200
album chart, making it Zac Brown Band’s third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
Furthermore, the song “Homegrown” appearing on this album and co-written by Wyatt,
was named Song of the Year by SESAC in 2015.
Just as Wyatt’s musical roots can be traced back to memories with his father, so too
can the music he creates today. Now a father himself, Wyatt’s writing is influenced by
the love he has for his son. Knowing how one song can make a difference in someone’s
life, he strives to make music that touches you deeply, yet hits you like a warm tropical
breeze. They just make you feel…good.
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