“HYIM is a formidable talent…spellbinding.” –San Francisco Chronicle
"Pretty as hell. Thoroughly uplifting." -The East Bay Express
“HYIM's music holds a rare gravity, and it is clear that he possesses a grand vision.” -Relix Magazine
HYIM’s uplifting pop/rock, world-fusion music has been the vehicle for his positive vibe. But HYIM's newest CD, "Love Songs in Times of War," shines light on a slower, honest and more raw side of HYIM's breadth of talent. This collection of ballads is powerful and stripped down to its essentials: his passionate piano playing and his sultry voice, as heard on the two lead singles "Sing This For You" and "A Pretty Song About Death.
HYIM has been known for his body-moving big-band performances and upbeat international flavor (if you were there for his show at the 60th annual S.F. Stern Grove Festival performance, you know). Appropriately, HYIM has been dubbed the “Eclectic Maestro.” Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, HYIM is a highly praised, acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, performer, poet, and activist. HYIM has been called the next generation's music "fusionisto." He has performed, studied and traveled in nearly every continent.
Yet while “Love Songs in Times of War” has elements of his broad palette, this new project is a return to his roots. This album has been in the making for over 10 years and has only come to light after his mother’s recent passing, losing her only a few months ago to cancer.
Yes, tragedy and courage in the face of adversity is something this artist has not just contemplated, but has lived. HYIM’s father, who started teaching him piano at the age of three, was shot and killed when HYIM was only ten years old. It is this tragic moment that helped inspire HYIM to create such powerful, visionary music. It is this tragedy that help give birth to this spiritual young man.
HYIM played piano on his father’s piano since he was a toddler. Here, HYIM learned to play quietly and soothingly so as not to awaken his dad. One early morning, HYIM was playing and heard a sound behind him. It was his father. His father was weeping and simply said, “That’s beautiful. Boy, keep playing on.” You can hear this story retold in HYIM’s new song “Fatherless Son.”
When you see him perform, this world-traveled singer-songwriter makes mind-blowing live loops on percussion instruments (congas, shakers, beat-boxing, etc) and his guitar and plays left-handed bass as well as right hand keys while he sings his songs.
However, and without a doubt, it is the piano, his original passion and for which Yamaha sponsored HYIM, that is the foundation of this artist’s gift. With a look compared to a Harry Connick Jr., a voice compared to Sting and a sound akin to a next generation/new-school Peter Gabriel, Beck, Manu Chao, and Coldplay, HYIM clearly brings the uplifting vibes to the masses through recordings and his superb live shows.
Most of his life was spent with his mother and step-father in Oakland California, and HYIM’s diverse musical influences, like the diversity of “The Town”, include Bob Marley, Beck, Peter Gabriel, John Coltrain, Led Zeppelin, Chopin, 2Pac, Bob Dylan, A Tribe Called Quest, Eddie Palmieri, and of course, his Mom (a folk singer), his Dad (a pianist) and his step-father (a jazz flute player).
HYIM is a healer through and through, as he holds both a Masters in Psychology doing work with youth in numerous settings (juvenile hall, foster care, addiction recovery, etc) and is certified as a Reiki practitioner doing body and energy work on those in need. www.hyimvibe.com" www.facebook.com/HYIM.MUSIC
Vinyl Playlist, as the name suggests, is an eclectic combination of the old and new. Andy Inglat (guitar, vocals) and Gerry Mattei (keys, vocals) are the frontmen of the Los Angeles based duo. The unique sound of Vinyl Playlist is derived from classic R&B and soul infused with modern indie pop/rock. With influences ranging from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Steely Dan, to modern bands like John Mayer, Jamiroquai, Great Big World, The Script and Phoenix, Vinyl Playlist has a very unique sound. Having performed all over the country with various artists, it wasn't until 2008 that they moved to Los Angeles to create Vinyl Playlist. Both are excited for their new EP "Between the Waves", just released on itunes.
In 1996, Suzanne Crawford had a notion to contact all of the employees at her hospital and asked who would be interested in forming a band. After 17 people responded and after 5 were selected, Gurney was born. It was a classic rock tribute band that played everything from AC/DC to Journey to ZZTop!
As the years went by, one of the founding members wanted to start another project. The band had many working names, but the one that stuck was “The Revolving Doors”, based on the fact that many of the members have come and gone, only to return again for the love of music and the project. Music has always been an intrical part of Suzanne’s life, since she was in her first band in 1994, called Numa. The band has played everywhere from weddings to the Troubadour. Numa was all original music written by Suzanne. Some of those songs are played by The Revolving Doors today, as well as cover songs from bands like the Doobie Brothers and Led Zepplin. The band recently started including material from today’s artists, such as Adele.
The Revolving Doors prides itself in entertaining those for charitable causes, such as Relay for Life and the Moose Lodge. The band is comprised of Suzanne on vocals and bass, Lance on guitar, Howard on lead guitar, Jacob on keyboard, Chris on percussion, Bruce on drums, and Christian on bass. This project is more than a band, it’s a group of friends who enjoy playing great music and entertaining the masses with this awesome genre of rock.