After high school, the now 28-year-old helped form a Florida-based folk-pop band called Don’t Sigh Daisy.
With Dylan on lead guitar and vocals and former American Idol contestant Joshua Wicker on bass and backing vocals, the band released EPs in 2008 and 2009 and an album in 2011.
But two years later, the band played its farewell show.
“For the most part, we all just grew up,” Dylan said in a Wednesday conference call with the media. “I’m the only one in the band that didn’t get married and have kids. As we got older, it got harder to get together and play. We weren’t doing it to get big; it was more of something we did for fun.”
A single — “Better Man” — was released earlier this year under the Don’t Sigh Daisy banner. Dylan explains that he and Joshua got together with their former drummer, David Church, to record and release the song.
But it isn’t indicative of a comeback for the band. Instead, Dylan said he and Joshua “always talk about continuing to make music – whether or not we play it live – at least just put it out.”
In fact, Dylan’s also a featured vocalist on a pair of songs Joshua released in 2016 — “West Virginia” and “When Your Maker Came for You.”
Career wise, Dylan took a different direction after a traffic accident left his sister with a traumatic brain injury and near death in 2013.
According to his bio on The Voice website, that prompted Dylan to enter the medical field. He got his license as a certified nursing assistant in 2014 and now works at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.
He’s also an after-school counselor at an O2B Kids program in Gainesville, according to his Facebook page.
Dylan says he still plays small shows, performing covers, not originals. It was a friend who helps him book those gigs who signed him up to audition for The Voice.
“I watched The Voice off and on since it started airing,” he said. “I always wondered how far I could get.”
Self-doubt and life circumstance stood in his way, until he got the little extra push to audition for Season 13.
“I’m so glad I did,” he said during the conference call. “It really showed me that I could possibly be on this kind of platform and put some of that self-doubt aside.”
Dylan wound up turning two chairs with his blind audition performance of “Say You Won’t Let Go” and landed a spot on Team Adam Levine.
Here are Dylan’s social media links, followed by a couple of samples of his music.