04/28/2016

KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer is doing a kids’ storybook app

By Ina Fried / recode.net

Tommy Thayer isn’t the first guitarist for the band KISS, but he is the first KISS guitarist to also create a mobile app for kids.

Thayer is one of the main forces behind Ernest Hummingbird, a children’s storybook app debuting this summer on iOS and Android. The mobile app tells the story of a hummingbird who wants to sing rather than just hum.

Like many aspiring musicians, the avian protagonist gets pushback from his parents. But, with the help of some friends, he makes his dream come true.

“They learn to sing together and it’s all they want to do,” Thayer said, during a talk at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Thayer admitted he felt a bit out of place at a software development conference.

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