Tyler Hilton has been a songwriter and musician for most of his life. The son of an electrical contractor and a teacher, Hilton grew up in a musically inclined family in Palm Springs, Calif., where he took to playing guitar and singing at a young age. A huge fan of Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters, Hilton spent several years performing at open mic nights and clubs, and playing blues and jazz covers for tips in coffeehouses and restaurants. I did pretty well with the older clientele because they loved that stuff, Hilton says. Usually, Id get feedback something like 'My parents heard you at the Crab Shack and they loved your rendition of 'Wonderful World and Id be like, 'Thank you. Thats when I realized I had reached a ceiling and it was time to get the hell out of Palm Springs.