Ever since middle school, music has played a big part in Tyson`s life. In high school he started writing his own music. He says "I went right out, got a bass and learned how to play it. I stayed inside the whole time during Christmas break until I could come out and join a band." In high school, Tyson met Nick Wheeler (now the guitarist and keyboardist for the band) and they started The All-American Rejects together. By the year 2001, they had met guitarist Mike Kennerty and percussionist Chris Gaylor. The four were able to create their unique rock music, launching Tyson`s extremely successful career.