Tor Hyams is a songwriter and Grammy nominated music producer.
Hyam's roster of artists include Joan Osborne, Vivian Campbell, Billy Gibbons, Lou Rawls, Rachel York, Lisa Loeb, Perry Farrell and Deborah Harry. Most recently, Hyams produced the Edwin McCain album Nobody's Fault But Mine.
Hyams has also worked on children's music, writing and producing the CD A World of Happiness for Disney's Buena Vista Records featuring performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Deborah Harry, Gary Oldman, Perry Farrell, Lisa Loeb, Michael McKean, Annette O'Toole, Brad Whitford, and Jane Kaczmarek. He also co-produced the music video for one of the tracks "The Patience Bossa", directed by Gary Oldman and featuring a duet by Perry Farrell and Deborah Harry.
In 2005, Hyams developed and presented the children's music festival, Kidzapalooza, with Perry Farrell at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. In 2009 Kidzapalooza was a stand-alone festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, again produced by Hyams and Farrell. Kidzapalooza has run for six years with Hyams as producer and emcee. It will continue to at least 2015 and has spawned Kidzapalooza Radio on Sirius/XM and a compilation album. Hyams also produces the children's festival Austin Kiddie Limits as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. He now produces the Recess Family Music Festival in Detroit, Michigan and was a founding member of the now defunct KindieFest, the first ever family music conference.
Another of his projects is Chutzpah (the world's first Jewish Hip Hop Super Group). Their reality-based comedy short film, Chutzpah, This Is? (The Official Hip-Hop-U-Mentary), stars George Segal, Gary Oldman, Debi Mazar and Vivian Campbell. It received accolades from the HBO Comedy Festival and the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Audience Award and received official selection at 16 film festivals, both in the USA and overseas. The group has since made several TV and radio appearances, including Fox TV LA and Good Day New York. Their second album Hip Hop Fantasy was released in July 2009.
Hyams was the co-author of Greenwood, a musical theater project in which old camp friends reunite to revive a musical they performed as children at a performing arts camp. He is also the co-author of Stealing Time, a musical about two married individuals who, through finding each other ultimately discover who they really are.
- Tor Hyams Official Website
- A World Of Happiness Official Website
- Kidzapalooza Official Website
- Behe, Regis "Edwin McCain living on Cloud 9 in Soulville" Pittsburgh Tribune - July 31, 2008
- "A World Of Happiness press release" Buena Vista Records
- "Kidzapalooza" Kidzapalooza
- Haupt, Melanie "Girls Can Tell" The Austin Chronicle - March 14, 2008
- Shepherd, SA "Interview: Tor Hyams" Zooglobble - March 13, 2008
- "Chutzpah, This Is?" IMDB
- "Chutzpah, This Is?" The Official Hip-Hop-U-Mentary: Honors" Official Website