Whether it's composing feature film music, studio work for major recording artists, or performing on world stages, Lyle Workman enjoys the fruits of a diversified career.
Lyle composed the music for the #1 hit films SUPERBAD, YES MAN, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, and FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. A seasoned guitarist, Lyle was recruited by Sting and performed his first show with the musical icon in London for the monumental Live 8 benefit. A tour with Sting followed throughout Europe and South America in the summer of 2006.
A Northern California native, Lyle was enlisted as a member of Todd Rundgren’s group, recording Nearly Human (1989), Second Wind (1991) and toured extensively throughout The US and Japan. Lyle recorded with Jellyfish Spilt Milk (1993), and from 94’ to 98’ began a string of records and tours with Pixies founder and creative force Frank Black. Some of the recordings include Teenager of the Year and Frank Black and the Catholics. A testament to Lyle’s diversity, he began a creative endeavor with Jazz legend, drummer Tony Williams, and contributed a song on Tony’s record, Wilderness (1996).
Lyle moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and became sought after as a studio musician. In the years to follow he recorded with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Mika, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sara Bareliles, Shakira, Jacob Dylan and They Might Be Giants. Lyle’s distinctive guitar work can also be heard on many film scores.
Recruited by Beck for a string of world tours, Lyle hit the road from 1999 to 2001, performing at major American and European venues and festivals, and television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and American Music Awards.
His solo debut CD, Purple Passages (1996) received international acclaim and was dubbed "possibly the best guitar album of the year" by Guitar Shop Magazine. Lyle’s released his second solo CD: Tabula Rasa in 2000 to rave reviews, and Harmonic Crusader followed in 2009.
Lyle began writing commercial music for television, radio, and documentary scores, eventually making the jump to feature film, the first being MADE, written and directed by Jon Favreau; this collaboration led to Jon’s television show DINNER FOR FIVE, featuring Lyle’s Django Reinhardt inspired music.
Lyle wrote additional music for the Will Ferrell film, KICKING AND SCREAMING. This began a fruitful relationship with one of the producers, Judd Apatow, who chose Lyle to compose music for his directorial film debut, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. This led to several Apatow productions, and in addition to the films listed above, Lyle composed additional music for KNOCKED UP and DRILLBIT TAYLOR.
As a producer, Lyle produced Holland’s top recording artist, Ilse DeLange, for her platinum selling #1 record Incredible.