Randy Edelman (Composer)

A renowned composer, Randy Edelman has previously worked with director Rob Cohen on such films as Daylight, Dragonheart and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. He most recently scored The Whole Nine Yards, starring Bruce Willis; Passion of Mind, starring Demi Moore; and Shanghai Noon, starring Jackie Chan. His music for Gettysburg and his NFL Sports Theme were heavily featured in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In fact, Edelman was honored with an Emmy Award for his contribution to NBC's coverage of the games.

In addition, Edelman has scored such films as: EDtv, Diabolique, 6 Days, 7 Nights; Anaconda; For Richer or Poorer; The Quest, Angeles in the Outfield, The Mask, The Indian in the Cupboard, While You Were Sleeping, Beethoven's 2nd, Gettysburg, Last of the Mohicans, The Distinguished Gentleman, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Ghostbusters II, Citizen X, Beethoven and My Cousin Vinny.

With such successes in film, it may be easy to forget that he is also a first-class songwriter, having penned numerous classic for the Carpenters, Barry Manilow, the Fifth Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears and other musical greats. As a solo artist, Edelman himself has released over a dozen albums internationally. He has performed as a solo artist in such renowned concert halls as the London Palladium, the Drury Lane Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall. He has also appeared on television across the United States, England, Ireland, Japan, Australia and Scandinavia. In light of his current success in feature films, there is little doubt that Edelman's evolution from performer to composer has been aided by his skill as a hit-maker.

A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Edelman attended the University of Cincinnati as a pre-med major, Edelman nonetheless knew he'd rather study cadenzas than cadavers. Forging a reputation as an arranger for local bands, he was soon hired by the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown, to orchestrate songs for King Records.

In 1970, Edelman headed to New York and was hired by then-music executive Tony Orlando as a staff writer for CBS. In 1972, after relocating to Los Angeles, Edelman's talents caught the attention of the Carpenters, who recorded two of his songs and made him their opening act.

Lending his prolific skills to the realm of television, Edelman began to score such series as Ryan's Four, Maximum Security, Mr. Sunshine and MacGyver, and a range of telefilms including Bloodsport, Walk, Don't Run and the recent ABC project Losing a Sister.

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