In Nashville, Ty recorded a self titled album which was received with high praise from industry peers. Ty would eventually form the "Ty Bates Band". His live shows began to draw bigger and bigger crowds with more than enthusiastic fans. Word spread big and fast that “Ty Bates” was the show to see. Recognized by members of Georgia’s country music industry as Georgia’s best country artist and artist most likely to succeed, Ty was named Georgia Country Artist of the year Nov.5,2011.