Country Artist Tyler Barham Joins Oscar-Winner 

J.K. Simmons as Panelist for Montana’s “Paint the State”  

Submissions from Video, Outdoor/Sculpture, Artwork & Photography that Portray Dangers of Meth to be Judged


85f07b7a-2549-4ed7-893d-b65a0aacea52NASHVILLE, TN (July 1, 2015) — Rising Country artist, Tyler Barham, has been announced as a celebrity panelist for Montana Meth Project’s Paint the State.


Barham will join Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons, artist Larry Pirnie and photographer Mark Mesenko as celebrity panelists who will select three “Celebrity Artists Award” winners of Paint the State. The panel will choose the top submission from each of the following categories: Video, Outdoor/Sculpture, and Artwork/Photography.


Paint the State encourages the public to submit art projects that portray the dangers of Meth. During the 2006 and 2010 contests, teens all over Montana created more than 1,000 works of art for Paint the State.


Barham said he remembers learning about Paint the State when he was in junior high school. “Seeing the devastating effects it has on people’s lives and families crushes me.” Barham said he opted to join the panel out of his love for Montana. “I don’t want to see Meth rob any more teens from pursuing their dreams.”


In addition to the three $7,500 Celebrity Artists Awards, the general public will vote online for three $2,500 People’s Choice Award-winners in each category for a total prize of up to $10,000.


Registration is open for individuals age 12 or older, or teams of four. One submission per person or team is allowed. Artwork must be clearly visible to the public from July 16 – September 15, whether online or in a public location. The submission period ends July 15, and voting begins August 1. Winners will be announced on September 18. Full details for submissions are available at http://www.montanameth.org/PTS/


Barham is currently promoting his latest single, “Just Two Kids,” which is quickly rising the MusicRowCountryBreakout Chart. “Just Two Kids” is the top-selling track from Barham’s Don’t Cage This Heart EP, which debuted at #19 on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” album chart for all genres.


For more information about Tyler Barham, follow him online: 

FaceBook: www.facebook.com/TylerBarham

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TyBlakeBarham
YouTube: www.youtube.com/tyblakebarham



Born in Bozeman and raised in Florence, Montana, Tyler Barham began singing when he was nine. Although he enjoyed singing different styles of music, it did not take him long to realize his heart (and eventually his baritone voice) belonged to country music. In his early teens, Tyler competed and won various regional talent competitions, but also while in high school, Tyler discovered YouTube and began posting covers of his favorite country songs, which quickly introduced him to a worldwide audience.


In 2008 Tyler made the leap from computer screen to TV screen as a finalist on Great American Country’s nationwide talent search, Next GAC Star, and in the next few years was featured on E!’s Opening Act based on his YouTube following and was the winner of nationally syndicated radio host Radio Lia’s Your Big Breakcontest.


In September of 2010, with the help of industry veterans John Griffin and Dave Flint, Tyler released an independent self-titled EP that reached No. 39 on the iTunes Country Album Chart.  His follow-up EP, titled Twenty-One, released on March 21st 2011, his 21st birthday, cruised its way up the iTunes Country Album Chart to #19.  Building on the sales success of his previous releases, Tyler’s most recent original release, Don’t Cage This Heart, debuted at #56 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and #19 on the BillboardHeatseekers Album Chart which charts album titles from new or developing acts in all formats.


Tyler has also enjoyed success at GrassRoots radio with singles “17 & Young,” “Meet Me In Montana,” and the original holiday song, “Coal In Your Stocking This Year.”  His most recent single, “More Than A Cotton Dress,” was lauded by programmers as the catchy and compelling answer to the proliferation of “Bro Country.”


All of this attention earned Barham a feature article in a recent edition of the CMA Close Up magazine, alongside The Band Perry and Joe Nichols, in a story focused on tips from artists who are maintaining successful social media platforms. My Country Nation recently asked Barham and Chris Young to be correspondents at the “Swimville” event held in downtown Nashville for the February launch of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release.


Paint the State is a public art competition and large-scale community action program sponsored by the Montana Meth Project and supported by individual, corporate and foundation contributions. The aim is to broadly communicate the risks of Methamphetamine use through works of art including video, artwork/photography, and outdoor/monuments/sculptures. The competition offers participants a way to become involved in the anti-Meth campaign and compete for cash prizes.



The Montana Meth Project is a non-profit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce Methamphetamine use in the state through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org -a definitive source for information about Meth for teens.