An old soul who expresses himself beyond his years, award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, actor & recording artist Dalton Cyr released his debut 11-song LP album, entirely written or co-written by Cyr, in August 2012, just two weeks after his 12th birthday.
Cyr released his second CD, “A New Day” with new songs co-written by Cyr and recorded in both L.A. and Nashville. In L.A. Cyr worked with multi-platinum producer Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, Rod Stewart, REM, Ziggy Marley, Phish, XTC, etc.). Cyr worked with an all-star cast of musicians including Josh Freese on drums (Sting, Guns-n-Roses, Nine Inch Nails, DEVO, The Vandals, Dixie Chicks, etc.) and Aron Forbes (X-Factor band and Music Director for One Direction). In Nashville, Cyr worked with recording artist, songwriter and producer, Bobby Amaru (Saliva) and Nolan Neal (Hinder).
Selected by international talent scouts as one of the 20 most talented songwriters aged 12-18 from around the world, he was the 2013 Prodigy Camp Scholarship recipient and was named one of the world’s most promising songwriters by industry professionals. The Prodigy Camp allowed him to work with award winning songwriters, writers, directors and film producers. It was here that the acting bug bit Cyr and he began acting in short films. He is now also pursuing a duel career in film and TV.
Dalton Cyr who had to overcome severe stage fright, discovered he could sing after making up his mind to audition for a local production of “Willy Wonka”.
“I saw a friend in a play the year before and decided I wanted to do that. So I wrote “Get into play” as one of my goals for the year. But when it came time to audition I was terrified. As it turned out, I had to sing to be a part of the play—even if I just wanted to be a stagehand. I really wanted to be in the play, so my dad and my music teacher at school helped me by setting up a microphone and headphones so I could hear myself sing. I practiced for hours and my mom and dad encouraged me. Then I tried out and got the part of Mike Teavee.”
Cyr began taking voice lessons a week later and did his first solo performance two months later at the County Fair, just 3 months before his 10th birthday. Discovering he loved performing, Cyr performed 50 shows in his first year.
A few months after his tenth birthday, Cyr wrote his first song for a school competition. After winning at the school level, district level and state level, he began writing more songs and was approached by a music producer to work with him and record his music.
“It was expensive to get recording studio time, but my parents told me I could give it a try and let me record two songs, just to see how it went.”
Shortly after recording, Cyr attended NSAI’s National Songwriting Conference in Nashville as the youngest songwriter where hit songwriters such as James Dean Hicks and Rick Beresford reviewed his songs and gave him rave reviews.
“After returning from the NSAI event, my parents helped me create music videos out of those two songs and posted them on YouTube to see if anyone else in the industry would have similar things to say.”
Cyr’s videos quickly caught the attention of several high profile industry people, and so he began working on more songs.
Possessing mature and prolific songwriting skills, he released a 5-song EP and his first-ever recorded single, co-written by Cyr when he was ten, was a semi-finalist in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, judged by the most high-profile judging panel of any music competition in the world. His debut 11-song LP album, “I’ll Be There” was entirely written or co-written by Cyr when he was age 10 and 11, recorded when he was 11 and released just two weeks after his 12th birthday. In December of 2014, he released his second EP, “A New Day” and his first Christmas single, “Christmas Time With You” which hit the top 100 on the charts across ALL Radio for New Christmas Songs. In January 2016, Cyr released his first single for his upcoming third album.
A powerful live performer, Cyr gives energetic and exciting performances involving jumps, spins and impressive stage presence that wows crowds and audiences everywhere he goes. He performs regularly, hitting the stage on average 50 times per year and has performed in front of crowds as large as 50,000. Already touring the country, he toured with former Radio Disney stars Tyler Layne and Celeste Kellog on the Country Pop Rock Tour in 2012, endorsed by famed producer Lee Hirsch & The Bully Project: 1 Million Kids. In 2013, he toured the East Coast from Florida to New York, with a portion of his tour as headliner for the Teen Nation Summer Series Tour, did an Anti-Bully Tour with Celeste Kellogg and Grant Austin Taylor, and did special performances in Mississippi and California. In 2014, Cyr did three tours and a special performance at the famed Sunset Sessions in California. In 2015, Cyr did performances throughout the U.S. including both coasts, the midwest and the south and a Dream Factory tour where he performed at children’s hospitals and venues from Florida to New York.
It was at Sunset Sessions, that he met his managers JoAnn and Allen Kepler of Kepler Entertainment. Shortly after joining with Kepler Entertainment, Cyr began meeting with top casting directors, producers at Nickelodeon, Disney, and Paramount in addition to a whirlwind of activity in the music arena including record labels and Grammy-Award Winning artists. He was cast as a lead in Amazon Studios, “A History of Radness” written and executive produced by Hannah Montana’s Andrew Green. Cyr’s performance was nominated for 2 Young Artist Awards, winning a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast. Cyr was also cast in the feature film “Time Toys” due out in 2016. Two of Cyr’s original songs are featured in Time Toys, including “The Way It Should Be” which is featured in the official music video for Time Toys. Time Toys is also nominated for “Best Picture” at the International Christian Film Festival.
An accomplished musician, Cyr plays guitar, ukulele, keyboard, bass, and drums. He’s taken guitar lessons since he was seven, is self-taught on the other instruments and loves to try other instruments any chance he gets.
A big component to Cyr is charity. In October 2013 Cyr was named National Ambassador for The Dream Factory, a national wish-granting organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children aged 3-18. It is the largest national organization to grant dreams to chronically ill children. Through performances at multiple fundraising events each year, Cyr also helps support and raise money for Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the Beaches Fine Arts Series, among others and has performed at National Fundraising Events such as the 26.2 with Donna, the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated solely to raising funds to end breast cancer which draws runners from all 50 states and from more than 20 countries worldwide Dalton is also involved in Anti-Bully concerts and as an avid reader, reading between 1000-1200 pages per week, has done events to support literacy.
In addition, Cyr released his song “Whisper” during the holidays, when US Troops were coming home and dedicated it to the military. All of Cyr’s online proceeds from the sale of the song “Whisper” are being donated to the USO.
Cyr has played the role of Mike Teavee in a production of the play “Willy Wonka”, the lead role of Aladdin in a production of the play “Aladdin” and appeared as part of the vocal orchestra in “Shout, An Acappella Musical”. In 2013, Cyr began acting in short films, several of which are due to be released in 2014.
Gaining fans worldwide, he has fans in 149 countries and has racked up more than a 1.8 million views on youtube. Cyr has been seen on local TV stations across the country including appearances on WJXT The Morning Show, Good Day Rochester, and ET Online to name a few, multiple radio programs across the country and in the UK, been featured in newspapers, magazines and multiple publications including being featured on the cover of Folio Magazine, one of the largest entertainment publications in the state of Florida. His music can be heard in regular rotation on Internet radio and found on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDBaby and many other sites.
Celebrities attend H.I.M Awareness Celebrity Basketball Sneaker Drive at East Valley Highschool in Los Angeles, CA. 100% of the proceeds from the star studded event goes back to East Valley High to support at risk students. Celebrities Who Give host Erin Mooney interviews supporters: H.I.M (HustleIsMandatory) , KeSean Patterson, Shinin Rae, Felice Lazae, Jaq Mackenzie, Jae’Lyn Ayauna Godoy & Dalton Cyr.