Last Year’s Man is the pseudonym of Eugene, Oregon based producer and songwriter, Tyler Fortier. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Fortier’s music has been featured on networks like CBS, Netflix, Showtime, and the BBC, and he has contributed music to libraries from Warner Chappell, BMG, and Marmoset. As a producer, Fortier is passionate about working with up-and-coming artists like Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, Beth Wood, and Jeff Crosby - just to name a few. In total, Fortier has been involved with over 40 projects as producer, mix engineer, or session player, and "Brave the Storm" is the title track to his excellent debut release in 2020.
Featuring an organic mix of elements that includes acoustic guitar, Wurlitzer, violin, and the heavenly vocal stylings of fellow Oregonian Anna Tivel, my personal touchstone for this track is a cross between Jackson Browne and The Paper Kites, with a pleasantly husky vocal register and a subtle vibrato that feels both effortless and endearing.