Eddie Torres Film Composer/Music Producer and International Award Winning Film Composer for Best Original Score International Filmmaker in Amsterdam 2018 and London 2019. Also Nominated in Milan, Italy and Valencia, Spain. He has engineered guitar track session for Miley Cyrus in his Studio, directed the band for a sold-out show at the UIC Pavilion, and is a voting member of the Grammys. Like a long, soulful riff, Eddie Torres’ lifelong love affair with music began years before he became a music producer and composer.
It began on the streets of Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood.
Eddie was nine years old when his father put a $26 guitar in his hands. Ever after, he considered himself a musician.
By age 11, he was playing multiple instruments.
In his teens, he lined up gigs for his band: corporate events, weddings and fundraisers.
In between parking cars for Cubs fans and performing,
he began using second-hand recording equipment to piece together his own music.
“The creative part of music is passion for the unseen. I can hear where the music is going – not just where it is today,” says Eddie.
By his twenties, Eddie worked a full-time job and produced music from his studio in Chicago at night. The round-the-clock demands took a toll so he chose his passion for making music, opening Rushing Wind Productions in 2002. After relocating to Chicago’s west suburbs, he constructed an acoustically-sound, stylish 1,000-square-foot home studio in 2007.
Eddie’s work spans the globe. From Jersey shore musicians to directing a live band in Peru to recording projects in Brazil, Israel, Puerto Rico and India, collaborators trust Eddie’s agility to embrace the cultural undertones inherent in a creative theme.
He has worked in many genres: Latin, contemporary jazz, pop/country, praise & worship, R&B. Eddie lifts creative artists to excellence, from the very famous – including a released track from an American Idol finalist and work with a two-time Grammy, ten-time Grammy-nominated mixing engineer – to everyday people with extraordinary talent. One look around Eddie’s studio tells a story: Walls are papered with endearing notes praising Eddie’s professionalism, tireless work ethic and musical imagination.
“What is important to an artist or director is just as important to me,” comments Eddie. “Our final tracks reflect the beating heart of a project.”
Eddie’s vote counts for both the Grammy Awards in four categories and the Latin Grammy Awards – no small feat considering The Recording Academy demands an impressive list of commercial credits to participate. He is a former board member for the Academy’s Chicago chapter (Gospel Task Force Committee).
Eddie's music can also be heard on some popular TV shows such Murder for Hire, License To Kill and the new relaunch or Super Nanny show on Life Time TV coming 2020.
Eddie’s deep faith and talent for dramatic musical effect has connected him with more than 20 Chicago-area churches from small congregations to mega-churches like Life Changers International in Hoffman Estates and Christ Community Church in St. Charles. In 2012, he received an award from Dunamis Life Church for his contribution to their music ministry. Eddie continues to serve there as music director, bringing out the best in its worship singers, musicians and sound crew.
No stranger to blockbuster productions, Eddie managed the music presentation for Reality Check Chicago ’98 at the UIC Pavilion hosted by L.A. Entertainer Lakita Garth, Chicago Bear and Hall of Famer Mike Singletary and actor Tiny Lister.
Expanding on his success in music, Eddie has produced radio and TV jingles for Telemundo, Del Ray Farms and TCF Bank. Eddie’s warm, rich voice is heard through his character Apple Peace in You Are Special, created by author Cynthia James. Eddie scored the double CD set and served as senior sound producer for the project. Most recently he scored the teaser trailer for a book sweeping the country, From the Barrio to the Board Room, by author Robert Renteria.
“I’m here today, doing what I love for people I believe in. Music changes the world. Every day is a huge blessing,” he says.
Eddie lives with his beautiful wife Juanita and their two children, Joshua and Alexa Lee in North Aurora, Ill. What is one of Eddie’s most memorable projects? Co-writing and producing the original track “Never Forgotten” with his daughter. The song, with bright overtones of reggae/pop, was inspired by the memory of people loved and lost.