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RICH WYMAN – bio
"I'm blown away by his songwriting and performing."
Eddie Van Halen, Los Angeles, California
"The most incredible piano playing I've ever seen."
KCLR FM Radio, Ireland
"A voice like a hurricane, John Hiatt after a shot of anabolic steroids."
Oor Magazine, Holland
More than an award-winning artist, accomplished songwriter, and amazing pianist, Rich Wyman is a first-rate showman with a faithful following around the world. An unstoppable creative force, Wyman is the recipient of ten ASCAP Awards and is also an acclaimed music producer and film composer. He has worked with top names in the music industry and is a passionate performer dedicated to creating original rock piano with soulful music and direct lyrics.
Studying classical piano and violin from age five Wyman graduated from The High School for Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and moved to New York City. He studied piano and composition at The Manhattan School of Music and New York University. He lived, performed, and recorded in New York for eight years. After skiing in Park City, Utah Wyman moved there and was discovered by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen brought the husky-voiced talent to his 5150 Studio in Los Angeles. Along with Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones engineer) they produced the foundation of Rich's second album, Fatherless Child. His work with Van Halen broke radio in Europe and Wyman was signed to a record company in The Netherlands. His next two albums, Where We Stand and Live... From The Heart, produced two TOP 40 hits, So What! and Little Things, and resulted in TV, radio appearances, and concert tours including Park Pop in The Hague for over 350,000 people.
On the medals plaza stage at the 2002 Winter Olympics Wyman opened concerts for Alanis Morisette and The Goo Goo Dolls to audiences of 22,000. In 2005 Rich released his 5th CD Factory working with original members of Herman Brood's Wild Romance in Holland and Hall and Oates' engineer Pater Moshay in New York. His live DVD/CD Embrace won the 2008 Silver Medal Award for "Excellence in a Performance Film" at Park City Film Music Festival held during The Sundance Film Festival. He also composed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary Sister Wife, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2009. In 2010 Rich won his 9th ASCAP award for his new compositions and performances around the world. ASCAP also gave mention to his powerful song and video Guantanamo in ASCAP'S Playback Magazine. In 2009 Rich's CD Home - Solo Piano Improvisations was released and Rich continued writing and performing live in Europe and The U.S.A. In 2011 Rich won his 10th ASCAP Award and released his 8th album Songs I Wish I Wrote. It has been widely praised by critics and fans and landed in the top CD's of 2011 lists.
2012 finds Wyman poised to reach new levels in his music. He is releasing his 9th CD GOOD COMPANY. Three years in the making, eleven brand new songs, 21 great musicians from the U.S.A. and The Netherlands, GOOD COMPANY is already being called Wyman's best work by fans and peers in the industry.