James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard

Soundtrack Instrumental Composer Classical Soundtracks
James Newton Howard (born June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American film score composer. Throughout his prolific career, James Newton Howard has scored films of all scales and genres, earning multiple award nominations for his work. Howard began studying music as a small child and went on to attend the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and then majored in piano performance at the University of Southern California. More Info »

Top Albums

  • The Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score
    The Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score
  • Snow White & The Huntsman
    Snow White & The Huntsman
  • Lady In The Water
    Lady In The Water
  • The Village Original Soundtrack
    The Village Original Soundtrack
  • I Am Legend
    I Am Legend
  • King Kong
    King Kong
  • The Village
    The Village
  • Waterworld
    Waterworld
  • Peter Pan
    Peter Pan
  • Dinosaur Original Soundtrack
    Dinosaur Original Soundtrack
  • The Sixth Sense
    The Sixth Sense
  • Treasure Planet
    Treasure Planet
  • Atlantis The Lost Empire Original Soundtrack (English Version)
    Atlantis The Lost Empire Original Soundtrack (English Version)
  • Unbreakable
    Unbreakable
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Dinosaur
    Dinosaur
  • Signs Original Soundtrack
    Signs Original Soundtrack
  • Michael Clayton
    Michael Clayton
  • Signs
    Signs
  • Hidalgo
    Hidalgo
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
    Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Duplicity
    Duplicity
  • The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • The Emperor's Club
    The Emperor's Club
  • The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [iTunes Version]
    The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [iTunes Version]
  • Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang
    Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang
  • Charlie Wilson's War
    Charlie Wilson's War
  • The Lookout
    The Lookout
  • Wyatt Earp
    Wyatt Earp
  • Devil's Advocate
    Devil's Advocate
  • Restoration
    Restoration
  • The Fugitive
    The Fugitive
  • James Newton Howard and Friends
    James Newton Howard and Friends
  • The Prince of Tides
    The Prince of Tides
  • Primal Fear
    Primal Fear
  • Dreamcatcher
    Dreamcatcher
  • The Interpreter
    The Interpreter
  • My Best Friend's Wedding: Music From The Motion Picture
    My Best Friend's Wedding: Music From The Motion Picture
  • Grand Canyon
    Grand Canyon
  • Vertical Limit
    Vertical Limit
  • The Fugitive: Music From The Original Soundtrack
    The Fugitive: Music From The Original Soundtrack
  • James Newton Howard & friends
    James Newton Howard & friends
  • Outbreak
    Outbreak
  • Dave
    Dave
  • Flatliners / Falling Down
    Flatliners / Falling Down
  • Alive
    Alive
  • Sixth Sense
    Sixth Sense
  • The Man in the Moon
    The Man in the Moon

James Newton Howard. Artist Bio

James Newton Howard (born June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American film score composer.

Throughout his prolific career, James Newton Howard has scored films of all scales and genres, earning multiple award nominations for his work. Howard began studying music as a small child and went on to attend the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and then majored in piano performance at the University of Southern California. After Howard left college, he toured with Elton John and Toto as a keyboardist during the late 1970s and early 1980s before moving into film music in the mid-1980s.

By the 1990s, Howard truly hit his career stride, scoring the surprise blockbuster romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990) and receiving his first Academy Award nomination for his score for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of Tides (1991). Setting the musical mood for numerous films throughout the decade, Howard's skills encompassed a plethora of genres, including two more best original score Oscar nominations, the Harrison Ford actioner The Fugitive (1993) and the Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding. In addition, Howard scored the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994), the legal drama Primal Fear (1996), and the blockbuster M. Night Shyamalan suspense thrillers The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), and The Village (2004). His collaborations on tunes for One Fine Day (1996) and Junior (1994) garnered Best Song nods. Along with scoring such smaller, character-driven films as Five Corners (1988), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), and American Heart (1993), Howard proved equally skilled at composing for big-budget Hollywood spectacles, including Space Jam (1996), Dante's Peak (1997) (theme only - score was composed by John Frizzell), Dinosaur (2000) ([really great], with additional material arranged by Lebo M) and Collateral (2004). Though he concentrated primarily on films, Howard has also contributed music for TV series, earning an Emmy nomination in 1995 for his theme to NBC's ratings smash ER.

Howard is now one of the most recognized composers for film. His work in 2004 on The Village (with violin solos by Hilary Hahn) earned him his most recent Oscar nomination. Since, he has composed for several major motion pictures, notably the score for Batman Begins which he co-wrote with Hans Zimmer. On October 14, 2005, it was officially announced that Howard would replace Howard Shore as composer for King Kong, due to "differing creative aspirations for the score" between Shore and director Peter Jackson. The resultant score earned Howard his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. His most recent works are "Lady in the Water", his fifth film with M. Night Shyamalan, and Blood Diamond. Upcoming features include Michael Clayton, The Lookout, and The Dark Knight.

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