Sunny Hilden grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, singing and acting in radio and TV commercials at age 7. Surrounded by a who's-got-time-to-sit-on-a-couch family of musicians, her childhood living room was furnished with a grand piano, church organ, drum set, basses, and various woodwind, string and brass instruments.
Sunny won many talent competitions, singing and playing at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul Winter Carnival, Miss Teenage Minnesota and many other live and televised competitions. As an oboist, she won classical competitions as well, including the renowned W.A.M.S.O., Schubert Club, Thursday Musical and Minnesota Arts Board competitions, winning scholarships to study at Interlochen and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At age 16, Sunny wrote, orchestrated and performed in concert and on National Public Radio, her "Concerto For Oboe" with a 100-piece orchestra.
She ventured to Los Angeles to pursue songwriting, recording and oceanfront rollerskating, currently residing in the Hollywood Hills, with frequent travels for musical tours and songwriting adventures coast to coast and abroad.
Sunny's songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Sting, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Herbie Hancock, En Vogue, Yolanda Adams, The Andrae Crouch Choir, Patti Austin, Shanice Wilson, Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill and many others. Her songs have been featured on platinum, gold, Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated CD's, with 14 songs charting, including four #1 singles in Europe, two of which featured Sunny as the artist.
Commissioned to write the Eureka Parade theme song for Disney's California Adventure theme park, her song is featured on a CD of music from the park and in a compilation songbook called "The Disney Theme Park Songbook: Remember The Magic," with songs from Disneyland and California Adventure.
Sunny's written four primetime TV theme songs, songs for feature films, documentaries, Sony Playstation II games and Yamaha products, as well as songs for TV shows including "Touched By An Angel," "The Young and The Restless," "The Drew Carey Show," "Passions," "Guiding Light," "As The World Turns," HBO original documentaries and others. Sunny's also written for musical theater and special projects including the LA Music Center's anniversary celebration, awards show special music and the ABC Radio broadcast from the site of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As a singer, Sunny has been featured in over 1000 performances in arenas, ballrooms and concerts ranging from singing jazz on the French Riviera with Count Basie alums to fronting a 110 piece band for 40,000 people in sunny California. She's sung on over 2000 recordings ranging from pop and R&B to country and jazz.
A keyboardist as well as an oboist, Sunny arranges, performs, produces, engineers and writes in her recording studio in Los Angeles, as well as many other studios coast to coast.
Also a SAG/AFTRA actress, Sunny has appeared in film, TV and theater, from Superbowl commercials to "The Sound of Music" with nine different casts.
A longtime voting member of NARAS, Sunny joined the Recording Academy's delegation to Washington, D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day to lobby Congress for more funding for public school music education. She musically mentors inner city youth and volunteers for several arts programs helping the homeless and troubled teens express themselves and heal through writing. A strong advocate for inspiring with positive messages through art, Sunny's home and studio is graced with a collection of over 400 angels from all over the world.