Jazz-classics crooner at the Vilar
BEAVER CREEK – In a career that began in the music production industry, Steve Tyrell has proven that he is at the top of his game – on both sides of the microphone. He brings his soulful interpretations of great American jazz standards to the Vilar Center on tonight at 7:30.
With his on-screen performance of “The Way You Look Tonight” in the film “Father of the Bride,” movie music pioneer and record producer Steve Tyrell unknowingly launched a successful singing career. He had often been told that his voice was better than the talent of the singers he produced, and he finally took the words of his supporters seriously and started laying down tracks of his own. He has since released five albums – all on the Top 5 Billboard Jazz Charts – including his 2005 Songs of Sinatra set. Critics have described Tyrell as having a voice with earthy qualities like New Orleans mojo man Dr. John and soulster Billy Vera. His broad appeal lies in his ability to recast many of the great American standards with a tinge of soul appeal.
Tyrell’s 1999 debut album, “A New Standard,” reached No. 3 on the Billboard’s Jazz Charts, and stayed on top of the charts for almost 100 weeks. Tyrell’s second CD release, “Standard Time,” hit No. 2 after just four weeks on the charts.Before launching his singing career, Tyrell had a highly successful career in music production. Born and raised in Texas, Tyrell cut his teeth in local R&B bands before relocating to New York City at age 18 and landing a staff position at Scepter Records. As the label’s head of A&R and Promotion, Tyrell championed the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David-composed recordings of Dionne Warwick. He and also recruited singer B.J. Thomas and produced his hits “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.”
In the years to follow, Tyrell additionally made his mark as a hit songwriter, co-writing the gold-selling No. 1 hits “How Do You Talk to an Angel” for the Heights and the Jamie Walters smash “Hold On,” as well as working on music for the films “Mystic Pizza,” “Midnight Crossing” and “The Brady Bunch Movie.” Tyrell has also produced numerous songs for television. Tyrell brings his spin on the classics to the Vilar Center stage today at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $54 and are available through the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or vilarcenter.org.