Introducing R.J. Tolson

22-year-old, multi-lingual musician, lyricist, composer, award-winning author and CEO, R.J. Tolson, cites legendary composer, conductor and pianist, John Williams, and Williams’ award-winning compositions to such films as the Star Wars series, Superman and the first three Harry Potter films, as an inspiration for his Zephyr The West Wind Original Book Soundtrack and Hugh The Southern Flame Original Soundtrack.


“I recall visits each summer as a little boy to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA with my grandparents to see John Williams conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra” comments Tolson.

“My grandmother was originally from Gt. Barrington, which is near Lenox, so whenever we visited, one of her favorite things was to see John Williams and the Boston Symphony perform. Those performances and amazing compositions, particularly the Star Wars series, left a lasting impression and inspired me to compose.”

Compose R.J. Tolson did and directly after his first semester at Whittier College in Whittier, CA, he interviewed with the Boston Symphony for a composers summer internship.

The interviewing process entailed not only Tolson’s composing a piece but a solo guitar performance of his composition before John Williams and other judges. Much to Tolson’s delight he received a score of 10 from Williams, with 10 being the highest possible score.

On the Pop music front, RJ’s newly released pieces, “Touch Like Magic” and “Open Eyes”, are resonating with fans. “Touch Like Magic” hit nearly 1.3 million plays at Soundcloud in 14 days while “Open Eyes” reached 518,465.

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23 Responses

  1. S. Peterson

    John Williams is in a class of his own as a composer, pianist and conductor and one the musical icons of the 20th and 21st centuries. If he gave RJ Tolson a 10, then RJ must possess talent. I suspect RJ is destined to be a household name and obtain amazing success.

  2. Lisa

    Congratulations Ron ! Enjoyed listening to Open Eyes and reading your article. I have many fond memories of concerts “on the lawn” in The Berkshires with my family. Best wishes for your continued success

  3. CBW

    Enjoyed listening to your sound tracks. My favorite is ” Open Eyes”. Love the beat!!

  4. Vanessa

    Congrats Rondald!! 1.3 million plays is huge!! “Touch Like Magic” is my personal favorite. It’s the type of song I can chill out to. I am excited to see what you have instore for us next. Keep up the success!

  5. LAWonder10

    WOW! What talent you possess!! Your Zephyr The West Wind Sound Tract was amazing and so was the book! Is anything you are incapable of doing and doing so well?
    Keep up the amazing music and writing!

  6. W. Chambliss

    I am so happy that R.J. Tolson is pursuing composing in addition to his fiction/and other writing. The music is perfect for our times. He is multi-talented and always gives his audience something to look forward to in the future. Can’t wait for his next release.

  7. A.J. King

    R.J., wow impressive kudos from the likes of John Williams. As an author, entrepreneur, and musician success knows no boundaries. ‘Open Eyes’ is a definite fav!!

  8. A.J. King

    Congrats R.J.!! You’re building a great brand as an author, entrepreneur, and musician. ‘Open Eyes’ is a definite fav!!

  9. H W Hawkins

    Awesome R.J. Your talent abounds. Love the music and look forward to more. Keep it up.

  10. Deborah Woods

    RJ, there’s so much you’ve done and so much MORE you will do. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

  11. Carolyn B.

    Wow! This music is great! Nothing else like it out there! Can’ wait to hear more! You are an extraordinary talent!

  12. Carolyn B.

    Wow! RJ is a great musical talent! I can’t wait to see what else he accomplishes in the future. One to keep your eyes on!

  13. WASManagement

    Thank you Danielle Richards and Nijii Mag. for your feature story on our client, RJ Tolson. Nijii’s support of emerging artists is second to none. RJ’s been thrilled with the exposure this article’s afforded him.

  14. Diego De La Vega

    Mazeltov RJ! Continuing to build on the foundation you’ve established will help make your future success limitless.

  15. Heidi Rosenbaum

    R. J. Tolson is a shaker and a mover! He’s so talented to achieve so much at such a young age. It”s so wonderful to see him take on and conquer new fields such as music. Being a musician myself I appreciate his creative ideas and love to see him express them musically.


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