RICH WYMAN - BIO - 2018
"I'm blown away by his songwriting and performing."
Eddie Van Halen, Los Angeles, California
"The most incredible piano playing I've ever seen. He plays with everything from his head to his toes."
KCLR FM Radio, Ireland
"A voice like a hurricane, John Hiatt after a shot of anabolic steroids."
Oor Magazine, The Netherlands
"Rich Wyman is one of the most respected musicians on the scene."
The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah
"One of Utah's hottest artists."
Fox 13 News Salt Lake City, Utah
"Wyman got it right—this album (Good Company) is “good company” to get your day started right."
SLUG Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah
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 10 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.
Growing up in Allentown, PA, studying classical piano and violin from age five, Wyman began songwriting at eight and graduated from The High School for Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He moved to New York City and studied composition and piano at NYU and The Manhattan School of Music. Rich worked at the top recording studios, recording and performing in New York for eight years. In 1991 Wyman moved to Park City, UT and released his first album, Just Might Make It. A solo piano and voice album, Just Might Make It received rave reviews, radio airplay, sold very well, and expanded Rich’s fanbase.
He was discovered by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen in Park City. Van Halen brought the husky-voiced talent to his 5150 Studio in Los Angeles. Along with Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones mixing-engineer) they spent several years working together and becoming good friends. Taking the tracks Van Halen and Johns produced and adding new songs Rich created his second album, Fatherless Child.
Fatherless Child broke radio in Europe starting in Ireland. Rich went to Dublin and hired a local promotion company and crisscrossed the country playing shows and doing radio interviews all across Ireland. Wyman returned to Europe and toured Ireland, England and The Netherlands. Rich signed with a record company in The Netherlands and began work on his third album, Where We Stand. Top Dutch producer Gordon Groothedde brought in top musicians and the beautiful album Where We Stand resulted. Rich now had two TOP 40 hits in The Netherlands (So What and Little Things) and performed numerous club and festival tours, TV, radio, and media appearances. His concert tours have included The U.S, Ireland, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. Rich played many festivals in Ireland and Holland including ParkPop in The Hague for over 350,000 people.
Wyman opened shows for Alanis Morisette and The Goo Goo Dolls at The 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. He recorded and released his 4th album Live From The Heart, recorded live in a recording studio in The Netherlands in front of an audience. It is an intimate and breath-taking album. Rich continued touring Europe. In 2005 he parted ways with the Dutch record company and recorded and released his 5th album Factory, packed with great new songs and wonderful performances from top musicians on both sides of the pond. Rich continued touring Europe. His 6th album was a live DVD/CD entitled Embrace, containing performances in the studio and live on stage in The USA and Europe. Embrace won the "Silver Medal Award for Excellence in a Performance Film" at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival. At 2009 The Sundance Film Festival, Wyman composed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary Sister Wife. In 2010 Rich won his 9th ASCAP award for his new compositions and ASCAP also gave mention to his powerful song and video Guantanamo in Playback Magazine.
Rich's 7th album, Home - Solo Piano Improvisations, was released in 2009 as he continued writing and performing 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, his only album of covers, and it has been widely praised by critics and fans alike. In 2012 Rich released his ambitious 9th album, Good Company, consisting of eleven new original songs, and recorded with 21 musicians from the U.S.A. and Europe, Good Company is being called some of Wyman's best work by fans and peers.
Las Vegas called Rich in 2013 and he landed lead piano in a three piano show at the massive Venetian Hotel & Casino. He also performed regularly at Harrahs, New York-New York, The Wynn, and other top casinos. In 2014 Rich continued touring and played over 140 dueling pianos shows, solo shows, and band shows across The U.S.A. and Europe. He also kept busy playing on The Norwegian Cruise Ship EPIC in The Mediterranean Sea and Carnival Cruise ship CARRIBEAN from California to Mexico. He managed to squeeze in his 10th album Live From The Heart II, recorded live in The Netherlands in front of a studio audience. In 2015 he released Live From The Heart II and continued to expand his audience with shows across The USA and Ireland and The Netherlands.
2016 was a blur of none stop activity for Rich and his music, touring the U.S. and collaborating with his wife Lisa Needham on new music and a new project called PARK88. Rich and Lisa have been together for over 30 years and their new project is fantastic new chapter for them. They recorded their new album in 2017 in New York, Utah, and Nashville and are currently preparing videos, photos, and promotion for PARK88’s debut album. They will be releasing new music in 2018 and touring. It will surely be another banner year for the busy music man in 2018!