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SF Bay Area, California, United States | INDIE

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Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter


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HYIM @ Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Berkeley, California, United States

Berkeley, California, United States

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"HMMA Nominations - HYIM"

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has nominated HYIM's hit single, "Elation," (September Nominee) in the Adult Contemporary category. The HMMA is held Thursday, November 18, 2010 at The Highlands Hollywood. - HMMA (Hollywood Music In Media Awards)

"“Sex In The Morning” CD - HYIM Spreads His Wings"

I expected big things from Hyim after hearing (and seeing) the video for "Elation". The positive vibe that runs through "Elation" permeates the entire album. Hyim doesn't take himself too seriously; the "... enough about me, what do you think of me" line offers ample proof. There's a breezy familiarity to the music... you've heard music like it, but you're not sure where. To me, that's a good thing. Lyrically, the songs are unique; with a song like "Contact", with its talk of texting and constantly being online, the knee-jerk reaction is to assume that Hyim is merely trying to reach a younger demographic. Instead, "Contact" is a lament against the lack of human interaction; it's my favorite track on the album, and it's the song that challenges Hyim vocally. He's up to the challenge. This is a diverse mix of tunes, what you'd imagine John Lennon might put out after a year of listening to world beat, ska, and smoking a healthy amount of plant life. In a world where every popular song is over-produced and completely computer generated, "Sex In The Morning" provides a welcome alternative. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=332438443&s=143441
- iTunes Review

"San Francisco Chronicle"

“HYIM is a formidable talent…spellbinding.” - San Francisco Chronicle

"KTVU Channel 2"

“With a soulful delivery that sometimes recalls Sting from the days fronting The Police, the vocalist and gifted keyboard player shifts easily from confessional introspection to funk drenched exhortation.” - KTVU Channel 2

"Relix Magazine"

"Hyim's music holds a rare gravity, and it is clear that he possesses a grand vision." - Relix Magazine

"Sunset Promotions"

“HYIM – Bay Area Treasure” - Sunset Promotions

"The Forward"

“The ever-evolving eclectic maestro” - The Forward

"San Francisco Bay Guardian"

They swayed and shook, enraptured, until he stopped." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"East Bay Express"

“Pretty as hell, thoroughly uplifting….” - East Bay Express

"Annalisa KFOG Midday Host"

"....and that talented Hyim!! It is my pleasure to have a little part in spreading his positive music... may you be well and successful!! L'Hyim!! Wishing you all good things!" - KFOG San Jose

"High Sierra Music Festival performance"

“Oakland's Hyim & The Fat Foakland Orchestra continued their ascent to the major leagues….a brilliant, emotional mix of calypso, jazz hip-hop, Latin, and funk all bound by Hyim's soulful vocals and warm positivity”

- Jambase



-- Third CD by HYIM launched at Yoshi’s San Francisco, September 15, 2009
“Sex in the Morning” has been known to make men and women sing, dance and move their bodies in ways they never knew they could. With its sensual fusion of pop, urban spice, Latin groove and world music, the new CD by HYIM, a Bay Area native, is seducing new fans every day.

In HYIM’s third CD, “Sex in the Morning,” he creates a euphoric dreamscape with an infectious groove, hypnotic piano playing and visceral lyrics and vocals while exploring the sacred erotic. The filled to capacity CD launch party took place on Tuesday, September 15 at the renowned Yoshi’s in San Francisco. HYIM performed with Stevie Wonder’s keyboardist, Victoria Theodore, along with his band.

“Sex in the Morning” features four-time Grammy Award nominee, John Santos, on percussion, who adds to the CD’s pop world music vibe.

The CD’s single, “Elation” (Morning Remix), which is also available as a music video, personifies euphoria – telling the story of human relationships and guiding the listener on a journey of crescendos and peaks of exuberance. “Elation” is available online for download on CD Bay at www.cdbaby.com/cd/HYIM4 and on iTunes and other online stores.

HYIM is now working on a number of production projects, film scores, and his own “Collection of Ballads, Volume 1” due out in 2010, as well as performing live shows.

In 2008, HYIM enjoyed having “Change A Come” as the number one slot on UC Berkeley’s iTunes, completed his Master’s Degree, and began working on his album, “Sex in the Morning,” for a 2009 release.

In 2008, HYIM scored a film for the United Nations about the World Heritage Sites and performed at a large charity event for children in Cali, Colombia.
In 2007, HYIM toured Europe with shows in Poland, The Czech Republic and The Netherlands, with shows in front of many thousands. In the US, he played The Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco to a crowd of over 8,000.

Making his voice heard in more than one way, in February 2006, HYIM held a Five Day Fast and Chain Vigil for Peace and Education, calling into question the economic sense of investing in war as opposed to our children. HYIM had been interviewed with his music students in Richmond on NBC’s “Moving Pictures” as an example of spreading peace through music. HYIM provided the score for the short film, "Two Birds," directed by Juan Jose Rivera and winner of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival jury award for Best Emerging Latino Filmmaker 2006.

In 2005, HYIM released “HYIM and The Fat Foakland Orchestra,” which received numerous accolades. “Sunny Day,” the lead track on KFOG’s Local Artist Scene CD, got solid airplay on numerous radio stations. Numerous licensing opportunities for film and tv allowed HYIM to reach a broader audience, while his digital sales for the album remain consistent and numerous.

In 2003, HYIM released “Let Out A Little Peace, ” his debut album, which received praise such as “absolutely mesmerizing and memorable” (Ear Witness) and “He is a luminous talent who I want to grow with in this album and whatever is next.” (Rainmaker Media). The title track of “Let Out A Little Peace” was chosen as one of the Top 10 songs for NARAS (National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences) in a song writing competition.

According to The Forward (NYC), HYIM is “the next generation’s music fusionisto.” The San Francisco Chronicle called HYIM “a formidable talent…spellbinding.” Relix Magazine says: “HYIM’s music holds a rare gravity...and it is clear that he possesses a grand vision.” The Houston Press says simply of his music and performance: “invigorating.” A California Music Awards nominee, HYIM also has been recognized as a KFOG Local Scene Artist and a Yamaha sponsored artist.



New album, "Love Songs in Times of War 1" is here!

HYIM’s music is pop/rock world fusion with a taste of urban flavor – sounds like Coldplay, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Manu Chao, Neil Young, Harry Connick Jr. and Dave Matthews – musical influences include Bob Marley, Beck, Chopin, Bob Dylan, Chris Martin and his Dad.

HYIM, which means “life” in Hebrew, was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, California. He is an celebrated singer, songwriter, producer, acclaimed pianist, performer, poet, psychologist and activist. He is the next generation’s music “fusionisto.” The San Francisco Chronicle called HYIM “a formidable talent… spellbinding.” HYIM’s current album is “Sex In The Morning” – an international exploration of the sacred erotic, available on iTunes, hyimvibe.com and bestbuy.com. A recent winner of the Hollywood Indie Singer Songwriter Showcase, a Hollywood Music In Media Awards Nominee as well as a California Music Awards Nominee, HYIM is also recognized as a Yamaha Sponsored Artist and twice now as both a San Francisco KFOG Radio Local Scene Artist and an Oakland Indie Artist.

HYIM’s experience of having his father murdered at the age of ten continues to influence his passion for peace and a more just and loving world. Indeed, HYIM doesn’t just sing about change, he has other ways of being a vehicle for change in the world. HYIM holds a Masters Degree in psychology and brings his positive vibes to the youth in his community. HYIM’s work of teaching peace skills to adolescence (from juvenile hall to affluent communities) has been recognized by many, and he has been asked to write and develop a curriculum called “The No Hater Boot Camp” for others to use with youth, due to be finished in 2012. HYIM doesn’t just talk the talk, a few years ago he held a Five-Day Fast and Chain Vigil for Peace and Education, calling into question the economic sense of investing in war as opposed to our children (a further reflection of HYIM’s commitment to positive social change for our present and future generations).

Now back to the music! HYIM began playing piano at age three and has studied sitar in India, clave in Cuba and classical guitar in New Zealand. He also studied Turkish rhythms, Persian poetry and the Torah and blends the rhythms of the world as chariots for his songs. He grew up making hip-hop beats and rhyming and singing in the school’s choir, studying classical and blues piano, and listening to his parents’ records: Bob Dylan, Doobie Brothers, John Coltrain, Duke Ellington, Pete Seeger, The Beatles, and many others.

HYIM’s international style appeals to both American pop enthusiasts and global audiences alike, yet his quiet profound piano ballads are often what win their hearts. “Music is a sensual way I can touch people without actually being there,” HYIM explains. HYIM’s breathy, mellifluous vocals have drawn comparisons to Sting, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), and Chris Martin (Coldplay).

The power of HYIM’s ability to command the stage as an intimate solo performer, singing and telling stories while sitting at the piano or accompanying himself with live percussion loops and keyboard sequencing, is equal in strength to his exuberant live full band shows. Whether bringing a trio, quartet, or full band with horns and dynamite percussionists, HYIM’s band is an intoxicating mix of uplifting unifying energy and a downright party vibe. HYIM’s ability to shine in both intimate solo venues and large dance arenas with his band further illustrates his sheer stage presence, versatility, and showmanship.

Performing locally, nationally, and internationally, HYIM’s music and spirit know no bounds, and as the sounds spread and take flight, as he touches hearts and the world watches, bodies are moved, and audiences applaud, wanting more and more. HYIM is currently living in both Northern and Southern California and working on a number of production projects, film scores, and his upcoming singles/releases.  His latest album, "Love Songs in Times of War 1" was released in 2014.