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Minnesota native Peter Himmelman was the leader of a pop/rock quintet called Sussman Lawrence that made two independent albums in the early '80s and earned him comparisons to such new wave singer/songwriters as Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. The group became Himmelman's backup band for the release of his debut album, This Father's Day (1986), which earned him a contract with Island Records. He followed with Gematria (1987), Synesthesia (1989), and From Strength to Strength (1991). By the last release, he had moved to Epic Records, releasing 1992's Flown This Acid World and 1994's Skin. Stage Diving appeared on the Plump label in 1996. The following year, he released the children's album My Best Friend Is a Salamander on the Baby Boom label. Later that year, Himmelman signed with the Six Degrees subdivision of Island Records. His first album for the label was Love Thinketh No Evil, released in spring 1998. More children's recordings followed, as did 2004's Unstoppable Forces on Majestic. In 2005 he delivered the raw and bluesy Imperfect World, followed by his first anthology, Mission of My Soul: The Best of Peter Himmelman. The children's album My Green Kite appeared in 2007 from Rounder Records. A new album, The Pigeons Couldn't Sleep, was released in 2007, followed by My Trampoline and The Mystery and the Hum in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Peter Himmelman (born November 23, 1959 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota) is a critically acclaimed American singer-songwriter and film and television composer from Minnesota, who formerly played in the Minneapolis indie rock band Sussman Lawrence before pursuing an extensive solo career. “Himmelman writes with the same empathetic edge that impelled the Lost Generation to write novels,” according to Time magazine. Himmelman is also the founder of Big Muse, a company which helps individuals and organizations unlock their creative potential.
Himmelman garnered his first solo deal on Island Records in 1985 after a video for the song "Eleventh Confession" made its way onto regular rotation on MTV. His first release entitled This Father’s Day was composed for Himmelman’s father David. "Stunning... "Eleventh Confession" is a hauntingly beautiful track..."- Rolling Stone. In the early '90s, he achieved significant alternative radio play with songs including "The Woman With The Strength of 10000 Men", from his From Strength To Strength release. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2002 for his song "Best Kind Of Answer" which appeared in the CBS series Judging Amy, for which Himmelman also composed the score. He was the composer for the FOX television show Bones through the fourth season. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his children's album, My Green Kite. USA Today has called Himmelman "one of rock's most wildly imaginative performers" for his often times highly improvisational stage shows.
In 2011 Himmelman began working with organizations and brands such as McDonalds, Gap Inc., and Banana Republic to help them achieve better communication, innovative and leadership skills with a company he started called Big Muse. The methodology Himmelman created is designed to help organizations increase innovative thinking, team building and leadership ability. Its main metaphor for teaching these skills is songwriting.
In 1988, Himmelman married Maria Dylan, daughter of musician Bob Dylan.
He was also the creative force behind Furious World his live Internet show,(2008-2010) which broadcast every Tuesday evening at 7pm (PT) from his home studio. The highly innovative show featured original live music with his band,video segments that ranged from philosophical to comedic, and special guests from the world of technology, music and the arts. The show can be accessed through peterhimmelman.com or furiousworld.com
Rock G-d Film
Rock G-d is a documentary about Peter Himmelman directed by Keith Wolf. It is described as "a road epic about the pursuit of an adolescent dream into adult reality that powerfully touches on issues of faith, fame and failure".
Film and TV composition credits
TV scoring credits
•Judging Amy (CBS) - Emmy nominated song "Best Kind of Answer"
•Men in Trees (ABC)
•Ex List (CBS)
•Freshmen Diaries (Showtime)
•The American Embassy (FOX)
•Going to California (Showtime)
•Making the Band 4 (MTV)
•Bug Juice (Disney)
•ER - Season 9 - "A Thousand Cranes" (NBC): "Always in Disguise" from the album Flown This Acid World
•Miami Vice - Season 2 "Lend Me an Ear" (NBC)
•How To Rock (Nickelodeon)
Film music/scoring credits
•Ash Tuesday - Janeane Garofalo
•The Souler Opposite - Chris Meloni, Tim Busfield
•Bill's Gun Shop
•A Slipping-Down Life - Guy Pearce, Lili Taylor
•Dinner & Driving - Joey Slotnick, Paula DeVico, Sam Robards, Brigitte Bako
•Liar's Poker - Flea•Crossing The Bridge - Jason Gedrick, Stephen Baldwin, David Schwimmer
•Pyrates - Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick
•Queen Sized - Nikki Blonsky
•Porn 'n Chicken
•Snow in August
•A Face to Kill For - Doug Savant, Crystal Bernard
•Long Gone - Dermot Mulroney
•Heart of Dixie - Ally Sheedy, Phoebe Cates, Treat Williams
•ASCAP - Top TV Series: Judging Amy (2000)
•ASCAP - Top TV Series: Judging Amy (2003)
•ASCAP - Top TV Series: Judging Amy (2004)
•ASCAP - Top TV Series: Judging Amy (2005)
•Family Channel Seal of Quality - My Best Friend is a Salamander (1997)
•Family Channel Seal of Quality -My Fabulous Plum (2003)
•Parents Choice - My Best Friend is a Salamander (1997)
•Parents Choice - My Fabulous Plum (2003)
•Parents Choice - My Green Kite (2007)
•Parents Choice - My Trampoline (2009)
•National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award - My Green Kite(2007)
•National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award - My Trampoline(2009)
•Minnesota Music Award - Best Male Songwriter (1993)
•Emmy 2002 Music and Lyrics - Judging Amy, song: "The Best Kind Of Answer"
• Grammy 2008 Best Musical Album for Children - My Green Kite
Himmelman is also a visual artist and painter whose work appeared on the cover of his 1987 Island release Synesthesia. A collection of his recent art can be found at: www.himmelmanart.com