Upon moving to New York City at the age of 18, he was made head of A&R and promotion at Scepter Records. There he was mostly behind-the-scenes, producing hits for popular recording artists and movie soundtracks.
At 19 years old he first began producing with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. He worked on several Dionne Warwick hits such as "The Look of Love" and "Alfie." Together with B.J. Thomas, he worked on the Bacharach-David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," which went on to win the 1969 Oscar for Best Original Song (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).
is contributions to the film industry include Mystic Pizza, That Thing You Do, Father of the Bride, The Brady Bunch Movie, and Out of Sync. Steve also worked in television and did the music for California Dreams, The Heights, and Frank's Place, among others.
Tyrell's performance singing "The Way You Look Tonight" in Father of the Bride, starring Steve Martin, pushed him center-stage as a vocalist, with live performances and a recording career of his own.
Since the end of the 1990s, he has made several albums based on jazz, holiday, and Disney standards. In 2005, after the death of the legendary Bobby Short, Steve was asked by New York City's Café Carlyle to take over their revered Holiday Season of November and December, which Mr. Short had not missed in 36 years. Now Steve has become a fixture in New York and has played the Café Carlyle to record crowds for the last 6 years.
His work in the studio as a record producer has included collaborations with such diverse and legendary artists as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Mary J. Blige, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
He recently produced That’s Life, the debut album for Sony recording artist and winner of the 6th season of America's Got Talent, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. The album's vocal tracks were recorded at Wire Road Studios in Houston, Texas with the remainder of the album being recorded at Capitol Studios and Schnee Studios in Los Angeles and Deep Diner and Kilgore Sound in New York.
As an artist, all 7 of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard's Jazz charts; and his first album, A New Standard, was among the best-selling jazz albums for over 5 years. In May 2011, he recorded a live performance DVD at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston Texas.
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