Local gay writer and performer Tyrell Witherspoon is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Since releasing his first single “Letting Go” in March, the former CW Hellcats dancer has opened for the legendary Martha Wash, performed at the opening ceremonies for the 2011 North American Outgames and opened for dance floor diva Wynter Garden at this year’s Vancouver gay pride celebrations.
Now Witherspoon adds his first solo EP titled “Dance With Me”, released September 6th, to his growing list of accomplishments. But not content to simply write and perform, Witherspoon also self-produced and engineered the tracks himself.
“I’ve always loved making music and plunking around on the piano or my guitar but that’s really as far as it had gone up until this point. Learning how to build a track from scratch took some time but it was a great learning experience. I love self-teaching myself how to do things and this was no exception.”
As if launching the new EP isn’t enough work, Witherspoon begins rehearsals soon with the Vancouver Opera Company for their upcoming production of West Side Story where he will play the role of Baby John. After the work in putting together his new EP, he’s looking forward to getting back on stage.
“West Side Story has always been a dream show for me to do, so I am really fortunate to be a part of this production and share the stage with some really amazing and talented singers and dancers. I can’t wait to get started.”
Following the show, which premieres on October 22nd at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Witherspoon says he will embark on a tour to promote the EP. Already planning into 2012, he hopes to continue touring in the new year and begin writing his first full length album.