Toryn Green

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Toryn Green
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Toryn Green
Background information
Born (1975-11-03) November 3, 1975 (age 39)
Houston, Texas[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Rock, pop, alternative metal, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, producer
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Drums, Guitar
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Emphatic, For The Taking, Fuel, Apocalyptica, Something To Burn, Patience Worth
Website www.toryngreen.com, www.emphaticrock.com, Toryn's Myspace

Toryn Green (born November 3, 1975) is an American rock singer and actor. He is the former vocalist for hard-rock band Fuel, as well as for Emphatic, and For The Taking. He also was the touring lead vocalist for the band Apocalyptica and performed in both of its 2008 US Worlds Collide Tours.

Green has recorded and released two full-length studio albums: Angels & Devils (Epic, 2007) with Fuel, and Another Life (Epochal Artists, 2013) with Emphatic.

Green will be making his acting debut playing 'Beckett' in a skateboard-themed fantasy/sci-fi action film titled Skate God, written by Alexander Garcia and directed by Art Camacho. He is also co-writing a song for the film soundtrack with Brian Vodinh of 10 Years. The film will begin shooting in Louisiana at the end of January and is slated for release in the fall of 2015.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Toryn was raised in Palmer, Alaska, where he graduated from Colony High School in 1994.[4] Growing up Green was inspired by bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Metallica, Tool, and Fuel. His father was very musical and he says he gained a lot of inspiration through him. He used to sing with his father since he was a small boy, but his first public solo performance was at Alaska State Fair. He moved to California in October 1998 to pursue career in music.[5]

Career[edit]

Green took his songwriting to the stage in his first band "Patience Worth", with band members Orion Rainz, Ryan Giles, and Cesar Guevarra. They recorded a few songs together, but eventually the band was moving in different creative directions.[6] With his next band, Southern California rock band Something To Burn, Green won a Rock Beijing Global competition and was invited to play to thousands at the Midi festival in Beijing in October 2005. Two months later they represented America in the Worldwide Battle of the Bands held in Hong Kong.[7] With STB Green recorded an EP entitled The Incinerator, which was released in April 2006.

With Fuel and Apocalyptica[edit]

Green was chosen the lead vocalist of hard rock band Fuel from over 1000 submissions on world wide website auditions held in early 2006 to replace Brett Scallions.[8] He recorded and submitted his version of the song "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" two hours after hearing about the open website audition from a friend.[9] Thinking that wasn't enough to stand out, he went on to buy instrumental versions of "Bad Day" and "Innocent", made a medley out of those songs with "Hemorrhage", and submitted it under different name. In the end, both his entries were listed among twelve finalists.[5][10]

While auditioning for Fuel, Green met Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots) who got excited over the recording he had recently done with Something To Burn and offered them a deal through his label, Softdrive Records. However, around the same time Fuel made their offer, and Green had to decide between two contracts.[11]

Green signed with Fuel in July 2006, before entering the studio to record the band's next album for Epic Records from August to November 2006.[6] The official announcement of Green being the next frontman for Fuel wasn't made until April 19, 2007 on Extra TV show, exactly a year after the live auditions in Los Angeles.[8] He co-wrote "Halos of the Son" with Jeff Abercrombie and former "Patience Worth" bandmate, Ryan Giles, and released it on their album Angels & Devils on August 7, 2007. The band toured in support of the album through early 2008 and appeared live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and TLC’s season finale of LA Ink, where Green was featured getting ambigram tattoo on his forearm.

When Fuel went into hiatus in 2008, Green joined Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica as their touring lead vocalist on both US legs of Worlds Collide tour, and again at Apocalyptica's US television debut on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly.[6]

For The Taking[edit]

After Fuel and Apocalyptica, Green began collaborations with different co-writers around the country, including Brian Vodinh of 10 Years. Wanting to have a band behind him on some of the songs that he was writing, Green teamed up with the remnants of Long Island hard rockers A Farewell Fire (Eddie Raccioppi, Mike Zagel, & Ray Rossler) who had recently split with their singer.[12][13][14] The new band For The Taking played their debut gig at The Music Mill in Indianapolis October 12, 2009. The band continued writing and collaborating with a number of co-writers, including Corey Lowery of Eye Empire, Tommy Henriksen, and Skidd Mills.[15] A couple of lineup changes later the band was composed of Green (lead vocals), Raccioppi (guitar, backing vocals), Joe Meyer (ex-Blameshift, bass), and James Miller (ex-Blameshift, drums).

For The Taking self-released Blackout EP on Amazon and iTunes on September 17, 2011, along with music video for the single "Lie To Me", directed by Brett Bortle. "Lie To Me" is a co-write with Corey Lowery.[16]

Two songs from the 4-song demo that Green wrote with Brian Vodinh before forming the band, "Time is Running Out" and "Takedown", are featured on the MMA fighting movie Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown soundtrack. Due to the popularity of NBD2, For The Taking released "Time is Running Out" as a single on iTunes on December 8, 2011.

On January 27, 2012, before the show at Sky Bar Lounge in Indianapolis, For The Taking's trailer was broken into and $5000 worth of band equipment, including all guitars and merchandise were stolen. The band had to perform that night with rented gear. A week later, after anonymous tip informing of photos from the stolen property displayed at a Facebook page of a pawn shop, a local man was arrested in connection to the band theft and receiving stolen property. Only two of the missing guitars and some other equipment were discovered from his home.[17]

On November 19, 2012, Green announced on the band's Facebook page that For The Taking is placed "into an indefinite hiatus". The band played their last shows in New York end of June 2012.[18] Green joined Emphatic, and Eddie Raccioppi and Joe Meyer continued with Eddie's brainchild, a Long Island alternative rock band I Ignite.

Emphatic[edit]

Green was the new lead vocalist for the Omaha-based hard-rock band Emphatic, replacing the former singer Patrick Wilson, as announced on Green's Twitter and the band's Facebook on October 25, 2012. The band released a record titled Another Life on October 22, 2013.[19] The single "Remember Me", written by Justin McCain, Toryn Green, and Sahaj, impacted radio on July 30, 2013, and was released on iTunes August 20, 2013.[20] Both the album and the single charted in the Top 30 on Billboard and Mediabase rock charts, and the band had plans of touring in support of the album in 2014. However, Green didn't join Emphatic on tour with RED. On February 9, 2014 Green announced his departure from Emphatic, stating creative differences with founder Justin McCain.[21][22] He is currently focusing on his undergrad degree and heading into the field of Medicine.

Appearances[edit]

On the October 30, 2007 episode of LA Ink, Green received an ambigram tattoo from Kim Saigh on his left forearm. Both of Toryn's Ambigram tattoos (Angel/Devil and Sinner/Saint) were designed by Ambigram Artist Mark Palmer of WowTattoos.[6]

Toryn performed the national anthem for the NASCAR Championship race in Homestead Florida in the fall of 2007.[23]

Toryn Green was touring lead vocalist for Apocalyptica, performing their number 1 hit, "I Don't Care" on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly. It was the band's US television debut which aired on October 31, 2008.

In 2008, Green appeared in "Distracted Driving", an educational video for the State of Illinois, to promote distracted driving awareness to teenagers.[24]

Between tours, Toryn performs acoustic cover sets with Ronny Paige (touring bassist for Fuel and lead guitarist of Forever Oeuvre) and Chad Szeliga (drummer of Breaking Benjamin and Forever Oeuvre). They are very intimate sets and tend to be more like a sing along with his fans.

On October 12, 2009, Toryn made the debut live performance of his new band "For The Taking" during a private gala celebrating the grand reopening of The Music Mill in Indianapolis, Indiana with local band New Addiction. "Hemorrhage" was the only Fuel song played during this show.

Discography[edit]

Toryn (later known as Patience Worth)

  • Infamous Red Box (2002)

Something To Burn

  • The Incinerator EP (2006)

Fuel

For The Taking

  • 4 Song EP (2009)
  • Blackout EP (2011)

Emphatic

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minian, Gisell (November 2013). "Interview with singer Toryn Green". Back to the Hard Rock. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Update at TorynGreen.com, retrieved December 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "Skate God film production status". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Driven to succeed - Customized Colony grad shines as new leader of rock band". Anchorage Daily News. December 17, 2007. Retrieved on August 29, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Artist of the Month Fuel - Toryn Green exclusive interview". Bluri Inc. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Meet the Artist: Toryn Green" Ambigram Magazine. June 2009. Retrieved on August 29, 2009.
  7. ^ "Toryn Green: Lead Singer Of Fuel Living The Rock 'N Roll Dream" The Student Oriented Press. March 25, 2009. Retrieved on August 29, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Toryn Green & Tommy Stewart". Fuelies.net. April 19, 2007. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ LA Ink, season 1, episode 13: "Big Decisions", October 30, 2007
  10. ^ "RMR Exclusive: Toryn Green of Fuel" Rockin' Music Reviews. July 2007. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
  11. ^ "Delta Spirit and Toryn Green on theFIVE10 December 12 2010". theFive10.com. December 12, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Next Chapter.. is here!" Toryn Green's MySpace. Blog entry from Oct 29, 2009. Retrieved on December 9, 2010.
  13. ^ "Interview with Toryn Green Lead Singer of For the Taking". Ugly Scene Music Magazine. August 14, 2011. Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fuel Singer Toryn Green Joins New Band". Alternative Addiction. October 30, 2009. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Breaking Bands with Arash" interview, Oct 23, 2010 WHPC. Retrieved on December 9, 2010.
  16. ^ For The Taking official website ForTheTakingMusic.com. Retrieved September 17, 2011.[dead link]
  17. ^ Doan, Bart (February 7, 2012). "Plainfield man arrested in band theft". CNHI. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ Koithan, Stephanie (August 2012). "For The Taking Talks New York". RockUS News. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Emphatic - Another Life". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Emphatic - Remember Me | Daily MPE". Daily Play MPE. July 17, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Toryn Green's announcement on leaving Emphatic". Facebook. February 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ Sharon, Sommer (February 26, 2014). "RED, Gemini Syndrome & Emphatic LIVE – Des Moines, IA – 2-19-14". Screamer magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  23. ^ ""Fuel" Frontman Toryn Green to Sing National Anthem at Homestead-Miami Speedway's Series-Crowning Ford 400". Homestead-Miami Speedway.com. October 10, 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Distracted Driving". Heroic Age Studios. 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2014.