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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Score)

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Film Score
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Track List: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 (Original Motion Picture Score)

Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, Film Score

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lydia.p.coop e r
The first time I watched any of these movies I fell in love with the movie! I love katniss and PETA if you were my age I would marry u! I have all of the movies! And when the last one comes out on DVD I'll surely get it!
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It's kind of sad how people only like him because he did The Hanging Tree when he has done so many better songs.
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Say IPhone 5 times post this on two other songs and look under your pillow
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Thank you for these beautiful Hunger Game songs BC I love The Hunger Games :)
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Awesome beat love it
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ryderfamilys a f e
Haven't seen the movie, but I like the music
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elev3
Oops rules
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elev3
Katniss all the way and Harry of corse HP rulea
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Love hunger games expecully mockingjay
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BEST MOVIE EVER SOLD LOL
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Hunger Games Sound Track Film Score is amazingly Beautiful! Especially on a good set of head phones! Each movie's Film Score did not disappoint!! Can't get enough of it!!!
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anneliesejar r e l l
My boy friend likes me!!! 030
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I love the hunger games trilogy!!!❤️
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I really loved all the songs from the last airbender And liked the actors/actre s s e s who played in the movie as well
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abarnes377
You're awesome! Keep up the great work!!!�����
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Love The Hanging Tree
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I love The Hunger Games! And his film scores
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perezdiaz6
James you make the best film scores in hunger games!!!!
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Hi Mr. James I love your work, you make beautiful music and the put them into beautiful movies.

Just keep doing what your doing for as long as you can.
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♡♡♡ love this song♡♡♡♡
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I love the hanging tree And I Love PETTA MELLARK
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msteeledfw
I love the hunger games!
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oliviacutiep i e 2 0 0 3
Yes hanging tree is possibly the BEST SONG EVER!!!
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I Live the song ARE YOU COMING TO THE TREE <3 I hope to find it on the station :-)
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Amazing�����
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AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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This song is amazing
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The movie was good
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ashley21304
ARE YOU COMING TO THE TREE?!
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I didn't see the mockingjay
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YEA
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Rue!������
Good song though
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Anyone else not get into the Hunger Games until Mockingjay? I didn't even know about it.
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oliviacutiep i e 2 0 0 3
HUNGER GAMES! YEA! WOO HOO! I'd recognize this song anywhere it's signature tune is awesome
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I'm a big hunger games fan this song is so peaceful that I can listen to at the night and fall asleep or this song is perfect for a scary movie
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I can't wait for part 2!! Although the end of part one was kinda disturbing.. .
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Oh BTWs I follow 4 follow
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I love this song!! Have u guys heard "The Hanging Tree"? It's SOOOO awesome! It's by James Newton Howard ft. Jennifer Lawrence
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Awesome song follow for a follow ;)
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morganashlea
I've The Hunger Games so much I have read the first books 26 times, the 2nd 7, and the 3rd 3
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I love the hunger games so much I have been begging for the 3rd book
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Join the Mockingjay
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hannah.r.200 3
Sweet!!! Always keeps me deep in suspense when listening to his music.
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So perfectly constructed. ! Sooooo good!!!
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Say Iphone 5 times pick a color post on two other songs look under your pillow
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Rue's farewell gets me every time!!!!!
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I want to see the new move hunger game.
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I like this song so much
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Great song!
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Love this song amazing
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