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James Newton Howard

June 9, 1951 -
born in Los Angeles, CA, composed during the Contemporary period
James Newton Howard is one of the most prominent film score composers, known for orchestrally oriented scores, with a selection ranging from relationship dramas to romantic comedies to large-scale action pictures. He was born to a family with a musical background: his grandmother had been concertmaster (or leader, in British parlance) of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She began giving James piano lessons on her piano when he was four. Though he was classically trained, he listened to rock and roll during his teen-aged years and remains a fan of popular music as well.

James entered the University of Southern California School of Music, then transferred to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where his teachers included pianist Leon Fleischer, Reginald Stewart, and master orchestrator Marty Paich. In later years, Howard often employed Paich as conductor on his film scores. Marty Paich's son David was a popular keyboardist and songwriter who later went on to fame with the band Toto, which got James closer to the rock scene in L.A. James, who was boxing grocery products for a living at the time, readily accepted an invitation to audition for a band named Mama Lion that needed a keyboard player.

The band was not particularly successful, but it was enough to get Howard's talents recognized in the professional music world, particularly by ace record producer Richard Perry. Howard worked as a keyboard and synthesizer player on sessions with, among other artists, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Harry Nilsson, and Melissa Manchester. In 1975, Elton John invited Howard to join his band, beginning with that year's album, Rock of the Westies, then joined John's tour of that year. Howard has worked with John as both their schedules permitted ever since. Meanwhile, Howard's career blossomed both as a session or touring player and as a composer/arranger/orchestrator and record producer. He has written or arranged songs for Barbra Streisand, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Rickie Lee Jones, Cher, Randy Newman, Chaka Khan, Toto, Earth, Wind & Fire, Glenn Frey, and Olivia Newton-John.

He wrote his first solo film score in 1985, Head Office. Since then he has been continuously in demand on Hollywood sound stages, writing six or seven scores a year. He jokes "Until you become a film composer, you don't know what the word 'productive' means."

He has written over 70 movie scores, including Glengarry Glen Ross, Wyatt Earp, Waterworld, The Fugitive (Academy Award nomination), Space Jam (an ASCAP Award winner), Grand Canyon, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend's Wedding, Guilty by Suspicion, Major League, King Ralph, Flatliners, Falling Down, Prince of Tides (Academy Award nomination), Some Girls, Promised Land, Alive, Primal Fear (ASCAP Award), Dinosaur, Runaway Bride, Mumford, Junior, The Sixth Sense, The Postman, A Perfect Murder, Snow Falling in Cedars, One Fine Day (Grammy nomination), Batman Begins, The Hunger Games, and The Bourne Legacy. He has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song ("For the First Time" from One Fine Day and for "Look what Love has Done" from Junior).

In addition, he wrote the themes for the television series The Sentinel and E.R. (winning an Emmy award and an ASCAP Award). His music is particularly admired for its seamless blending of popular and classical music elements. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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H8 the mvie luv the music
#The Hunger Games
Actually this is MALEFICENT NOT HUNGER GAMES OR HARRY POTTER WHATEVER!
katrun
It's awesome love the HUNGER GAMES ITS AWESOME
annadean1998
i love maleficent! it was great
I can picture the music in the movie
martin.villa s e n o r
Hunger games r better ur hearing this from a you tuber
martin.villa s e n o r
I WIN THE HUNGER GAMES
wdwfam
Harry potter is amazing. I am playing this in my orchestra class. Love hunger games. #katnissandg a l e f o r e v e r
sadiebell060 2
Gale :Happy Hunger Games. Katniss: and may the odds be ever in your favor . After a few momments katniss: How many times does your name be put in this year? Gale : 42 I guess the odds aren't exzactly in my favor
Hunger games is the bomb.com
To sethdude
Hunger games is awesome Harry potter SUCKS
Love this score so much like god it's life.
Beautiful music.
Monument 14 is extremely weird and is a great book for people who liked "Life As We Knew It"
I love the movie and it was sad when the little girl. And i watch the movie everyday.
Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favour
BOOOO HUNGER GAMES GO HARRY POTTER
Percy Jackson is better than Harry potter
sadiebell060 2
I'm reading The Hunger Games
All my books are freaking ending!!! BLOOD OF OLYMPUS IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR, AND IT'S THE FINAL INSTALLMENT IN THE SERIES! MOCKINGJAY PART || IS COMING OUT NEXT YEAR. HELP ME...
maryalice050 7
My left hand in three fingers to my mouth and up in the air, goodbye rue
sadiebell060 2
AHHHHHH I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES and I'm blasting this in my room TGIF HAPPY FRIDAY PEEPS
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPPY HAPPPY HAPPY HAPPPY I know u think I'm never going to stop saying happy HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY EASTER see I did stop
Love this score. <3
This is the sean when katnissis loking for peeta when cato hurt him in the leg all for helping katniss thats true love what peeta bose for katniss like that telling her they are going to send dooms to district 13 and more
I can't wight for mockingjay to come out
bella_mckee
All of the books are SUPER good! I would also recommend Divergent. If you like adventure. :)
It's when Katniss is searching for peeta
I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!! I'VE SEEN ALL OF THE MOVIES AND NOW I'M READING THE SECOND BOOK.
ok where is the catching fire score? I'm like whaaaaaa.... . . ?
Oh wait it's the finale scene
What scene is this?
They played this when Rue died :*(
mattdorito
Love the Hunger Games
I CAN'T WAIT TILL MOCKINGJAY

FOLLOW IF U AGREE:)<3
alexaoberg
!!!!!LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!!!
ashlysgrmmy
I love the hunger games ,2 it is good
From the same dimension
Holds 3 fingers to mouth and raises them up wards
Love the hunger games��
Follow me if u love the hunger games
302492335
I can memorize this whole entire movie by the way the song is. I love you Hunger Games
hannahb2771
I love the hunger games! Tribute for life!! These books and movies will go down in history!
i cried when rue did so sad but the movie was wonderful
Is this rues farewell scene?
castaneda.ky l e 3
I really loved the book. BUT THE MOVIE WAS THE WORST ATROCITY EVER PUT ON SCREEN!!!!!! >:<>
Love the hunger games it's the best including this great music ����
Hunger games was such a good movie!
Team peeeeetaaaaa ! ! ! Ahg! Love dis movie! You all gotsta watch it
You should see hunger games catching fire you'll cry.i did:(
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