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Grammy® nominated songwriter and producer Tor Hyams has over 20 years of experience in the music and film industries, from writing and performing his own material to producing world-class recording artists, and composing the musical scores for dozens of movies and television shows.
As a music producer, Tor has produced and written for Diane Warren, Joan Osborne, Howie D. (Backstreet Boys), Isaac Hayes, Michelle Branch, JC Chasez, Vivian Campbell, Edwin McCain, Lisa Loeb, Perry Farrell, Broadway Star Rachel York, Gretchen Parlato, and Lou Rawls.
After transitioning from the recording industry to musical theatre, Tor wrote and produced Greenwood, an original musical for the stage, which premiered at the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). He then did the book, lyrics and score for Stealing Time, which premiered at the NYMF 2012 and has since been featured at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and at the Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed Opera House. He also co-wrote and musical directs LIFE. Who Knew?, a one-woman show that tours across the country. He is also currently writing Auburn the Musical, based on the life of TONY winner Thommie Walsh, The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You in a collaboration with John Cariani, and is developing an original musical for children with Backstreet Boys singer, Howie D.
Hyams wrote and produced an award-winning, star-studded children's album called "A World of Happiness," which he released on Disney Records. It featured performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Debbie Harry, Gary Oldman, Perry Farrell, and many others.
With Farrell, Hyams then conceived and developed Kidzapalooza as a family festival nested within the Lollapalooza Festival. He then went on to produce several more family stages, including Austin Kiddie Limits as part of Austin City Limits, and the kids stages at the Hangout Music Festival, Westbeach Music Festival, and the Recess Music Festival. Tor’s live event status culminated with the White House Easter Egg Roll four consecutive years in a row. Tor also co-founded KindieFest, the first ever family music conference.