Why I like Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown is a 46 year-old student of composition from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Two of his biggest influences in music are Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sunday in the Park with George. Had it not been for these two, Jason would have joined a rock band, probably as a singer.

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Photo provided by the Huntington Theater Company.

Jason’s first job as a teenager was delivering pizza. Let’s just say it does not go well for everyone. His first theatrical job was as a director for Cole, a musical revue for Cole Porter. This took place at Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, New York. He directed this aged 15 years old.

He owes his success as a composer to never settling down to one thing, even at an early age. He was always pushy and aggressive and never settled down for anything. Always knew and felt he could do more in any situation. This is a great attribute for anyone to emulate.

Jason’s landmark productions include: Honeymoon in Vegas, which was performed at the Nederland Theatre in 2015, The Bridges of Madison County, which played at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in 2014, 13, which he produced in 2008, The Last Five years which premiered in 2001 in Broadway and then featured as a film in 2015. The story of this last composition was based on his failed marriage to his first wife.

Why Jason inspires me is that despite some failures in life, he has learnt to enjoy the moment. He appreciates that his shows get done and are well accepted, and he gets a lot of joy when he sees how people are enjoying his music. He is currently married to a composer wife, and together with their two daughters, live in New York.

Failure is a word that is not in Jason’s vocabulary. Over the years as he writes his music, he has learned that with all the family and societal obligations he has, he has to five his all to ensure that the music he writes gets accepted and continues to earn him more money. For a long time he didn’t think he was doing the right thing, but as years went on and from the successes he has encountered, he is convinced that he took the right path.

Jason has earned a number of accolades along the way. He has won the Tony Awards for best original score for Parade and the Bridges of Madison County and another Tony for orchestration for Bridges of Madison County. He also won a Drama Desk Award for outstanding music for Parade, The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County and a Drama Desk Award for outstanding lyrics for The Last Five Years. This is an amazing feat for someone so young.

Jason is a composer who loves to play and sing his own music. He is currently working on a new musical and his best advice to people is “Be Yourself”. People have got to like you for what you are, this is very important and an inspiration. Another inspiration from Jason is that he always works with people who are better than him, that way he will improve himself to become a better person. Very inspiring.

To learn more about Jason Robert Brown, check out his website.

 

Stephan Moccio – A Distinguished Composer

Stephan Moccio is an exceptionally gifted composer who has deployed the full range of his dynamic skills to promote contemporary music. He is also a gifted songwriter, recording artist (his singing is amazing), and pianist. Moccio was born on 20 October 1972 in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is widely considered as one of the most innovative and highly prolific composers alive today.

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This composer is taking a break.

Moccio’s style of composition reveals the influences of a variety of genres including jazz, classical, hip hop, dance, and blues. His outstanding skills are clearly manifest in the many songs that he has co-written including “Wrecking Ball” and “A New Day Has Come” for Miley Cyrus and Celine Dion respectively.

His capacity to compose, produce, and sing are some of the unique strengths that endear him to his admirers. Besides, he has demonstrated the willingness to work with other people in the vast industry with the objective of expanding the overall experience of contemporary music. In all respects, he remains a leading light in the development of art and music.

Background

Moccio joined The University of Western Ontario after high school and graduated with Bachelor of Arts in composition and piano performance. His main interest after graduation was the development of his professional career. At the age of 22, Moccio was engaged with Sony/ATV on a publishing deal that also saw him work as a session musician, composer, and in-house producer.

In various occasions, Moccio would play in hotel lounges and in various Toronto jazz clubs. A lot of his time would be spent in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville on writing sessions. It was here that he wrote many songs for famous artists who acknowledged his special talents and passion.

Moccio’s Impact on Television Programs

Moccio began working for various television programs in 1996 in the areas of writing, performing, and producing some of the highly popular shows such as Camilla Scot Show. Other television shows that engaged his skills include House and Home (1998) and ETalk (2008). However, his real skills would be revealed in music composition.

Later in 2003, Moccio decided to concentrate on his own publishing form, Sing Little Penguin where he worked on a lot of solo projects and collaborations. One of his most successful collaborations was with Sarah Brightman on the popular single, “What You Never Know.” Moccio combined his rare talents with the skills of his peers to give the collaborations a remarkable appeal.

Awards

Moccio was nominated for Grammy and Academy Awards because of his illustrious efforts in the advancement of music. His willingness to explore new possibilities in the field of music is what wins him the overwhelming support that he continues to enjoy across the board. Moccio’s energy and commitment to the growth of music reflect his desire to connect with wider audiences.

When he is not composing, singing, or producing music, Moccio is passionate about sports and often finds ways in which his talent in music might contribute to the development of sports. He has composed various theme songs for broadcasts. Ultimately, this renowned composer has contributed immensely to the flourishing of music.