- Cape Breton
Myles lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His music has often been labeled folk jazz, although he prefers simply to call it “roots” music. An independent artist who self-releases his albums, Myles has been able to gain an increasingly large audience, in part because of his active touring schedule and in part because of his cross-genre musical collaborations, which include a single made with the rapper Classified that became the biggest-selling rap single in the history of Canadian music.
While growing up in Fredericton, Myles began playing trumpet at 10 years old and played in school bands. He attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in political science. He was in China as a foreign exchange student in 2001 when he bought his first guitar. He has said that learning to play the guitar and write songs was what propelled him to become a professional musician.
Myles released his first album, Together and Alone, in 2005. Before it was released, he relocated to Calgary, Alberta. He returned to the Maritimes in 2006, moving to Halifax. There he released his second album, Things Have Changed, which exposed him to national and international audiences. The album earned him industry recognition in the form of two Music Nova Scotia Awards, as well as nominations for both the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Best New Artist Award and the East Coast Music Awards Galaxie Rising Star Recording of the Year.
In May 2008, Myles released his third solo project, On the Line, which demonstrates his vocal versatility and musical dexterity.On the Line is a powerful and stylish blend of jazz, blues, gospel, pop and folk influences that has garnered awards and nominations, including the 2009 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year Award.
Myles was one of thirteen songwriters chosen in the first-ever CBC Radio 2 Great Canadian Song Quest in 2009. He was chosen to represent New Brunswick by a public vote, and commissioned to write a song about the Bay of Fundy‘s historic Hopewell Rocks. He recorded a new song, “Don’t Drive Through,” for the contest. Asked about the song, Myles said, “I wanted this tune to really resonate with New Brunswickers. Don’t Drive Through is a lighthearted song that relates to the idea of driving through the province. I tried to create a song that I could sing forever, not just record as part of CBC’s Canadian songbook, and I think I have.”
In 2011, he received five nominations in the East Coast Music Awards and was nominated for a Music New Brunswick award. He played at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He released two albums, Live at The Carleton and Into The Sun (October, 2011). Into the Sun uses world music rhythms from Brazilian and African music.
In the same year, Nova Scotia rapper Classified featured Myles on the song “The Day Doesn’t Die” from his album Handshakes and Middle Fingers. Although he was left uncredited in some cases, this song gained him more exposure in the hip-hop world as well as a larger fan base.
In 2013, Myles and Classified reunited for the single “Inner Ninja” from the album Classified. The single went triple platinum in Canada and won a Juno Award, and is the biggest-selling rap single in Canadian history.
Also in 2013, Myles released the double album In the Nighttime, which puts each side of Myles’ performing persona–mellow, jazz-influenced crooner and perky, beat-oriented pop star–onto its own disc of music.