Bandmates of Carlisle native Kyle Yorlets have released their "Chasing Sounds" album early with a portion of the proceeds from sales going to the creation of a scholarship and foundation in memory of their lead singer.
"Today, we wanted to share our full-length record that we have been working on for the past year. It was a dream for Kyle to have his art shared with the world, and we wanted to honor his legacy by giving everyone a chance to listen and own the record we have worked so hard on for all these months," band members Michael Curry, Christian Ferguson and Michael Wiebell wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
The record is being released on a "pay what you want" basis before it will be available on streaming music services. Fifty percent of the donations received for the downloads will go toward setting up a scholarship and foundation in Yorlets' name, the band wrote.
"We know that Kyle will be chasing sounds forever, and we hope that you will join him and us in that journey," they wrote.
Yorlets, a 2013 graduate of Carlisle High School and the son of Larry and Debra (Reese) Yorlets of Carlisle, was a member of the band Carverton in Nashville, where he also graduated from Belmont University in 2017.
He was fatally shot outside his home in Nashville earlier this month, Metropolitan Nashville police said.
Five juveniles in a stolen pickup truck were in an alley behind Yorlets’ home when they spotted him outside, police said in a statement. They are accused of stealing his wallet, demanding the keys to his vehicle and shooting him when he refused.
Authorities later arrested five youths at a Nashville store and recovered two stolen, loaded pistols. The suspects, ranging in age from 12 to 16, were charged with criminal homicide and prosecutors are seeking to try them as adults.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a memorial scholarship fund in Yorlets' name that is being established.