Based in Park City, Utah -- PARK88 is the musical marriage of award-winning, gritty-voiced, piano player Rich Wyman and singer-songwriter-storyteller Lisa Needham.
The duo’s musical harmonizing began early in their relationship. After hearing the couple sing for the first time, Rich’s mother pulled Rich aside and said “You’re going to marry her...I can hear it when you sign; your souls are intertwined.” They’ve been making music together ever since. Before forming Park 88, however, life intervened.
The couple married and raised two sons while juggling individual, creative pursuits. Lisa earned the keys to the city as founder of the Park City Divas and put her New York City-trained method acting (and Emerson College BFA) to work, performing her acclaimed one-woman show. She also owned a yoga studio. Rich toured and recorded as a front man for various incarnations of the Rich Wyman Band.
Working as a solo artist, Rich’s music has topped international charts; he’s worked in the studio with Eddie Van Halen and shared the stage with artists including Alanis Morrisette, Goo Goo Dolls, and more. Lisa - a bewitching singer in her own right - adds the sultry back-up vocals on a majority of his many albums.
Rich was discovered by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen while he was visiting Park City. Van Halen brought the husky-voiced talent to his 5150 Studio in Los Angeles. Along with Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones mixing-engineer) they spent several years working together making music. Taking the tracks Van Halen and Johns produced and adding new songs, Rich created his second album Fatherless Child.
When Fatherless Child debuted and climbed the charts in Europe, Rich signed to a Netherlands-based label and made a new record that had two TOP 40 hits in the label’s home country. His concert tours have included the U.S, Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. He’s also played many festivals in Ireland and Holland including ParkPop in The Hague in front of more than 350,000 people.
With their children now grown, the couple decided to revisit the idea of bringing music and their marriage together. PARK88, a nod to their home and the exact number of piano keys - the two elements that brought them happiness - has now come to fruition.
Rich had this to say about creating PARK88. "Lisa is my best friend and soulmate, so it's a spiritual experience to create and perform music together and share it with other people. When we sing harmonies together, we’re having a musical conversation in the same way we’ve been communicating as partners. It feels magical; we’re excited to finally tour together.”
Lisa is also happy to finally be working professionally with Rich after all these years. "I think that many married couples will relate to the feeling of rediscovery with your partner; it makes me realize how blessed we are. When Rich and I harmonize, we are actually painting a picture of who we are together.” Their harmonies will soothe and may break your heart at the same time.