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Born:
James Newton Howard

Genre:
Soundtrack

Years Active:
'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






James Newton Howard

Biography

Pianist, producer, and composer James Newton-Howard scored over 60 films beginning in the mid-'80s, including The Fugitive, Space Jam, The Prince of Tides, Pretty Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Waterworld. Newton-Howard began taking classical piano lessons at the age of four, playing on a piano owned by his grandmother, who was the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster and violinist during the 1930s and '40s. He went on to study at the USC School of Music and at the Music Academy of the West (in Santa Barbara, CA) with Reginald Stewart and Leon Fleischer. He also studied under orchestrator Marty Paich, who would later conduct some of Newton-Howard's scores. After graduating from college, Newton-Howard joined a short-lived rock band, then worked for a couple of years as a session musician with artists including Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson. In 1975, he joined the band of the most popular artist of that time, Elton John, toured with them during the mid-'70s and later re-joined for a tour in 1980 and again in 1986. Over the years, Newton-Howard has worked as a songwriter, producer, or arranger with the such artists as Cher, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rickie Lee Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Toto, and more. James Newton-Howard has received Oscars for his film scores in Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), and My Best Friend's Wedding (1997); and an Emmy for his theme for the television show E.R.

Top Albums

Batman Begins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Hans Zimmer
1. Batman Begin..
Peter Pan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
2. Peter Pan (O..
The Dark Knight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Hans Zimmer
3. The Dark Kni..
The Hunger Games (Original Motion Picture Score), James Newton Howard
4. The Hunger G..
Blood Diamond (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
5. Blood Diamon..
Batman Begins (Music from the Motion Picture), James Newton Howard
6. Batman Begin..
Snow White & The Huntsman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
7. Snow White &..
The Village (Score from the Motion Picture), James Newton Howard
8. The Village ..
Peter Pan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
9. Peter Pan (O..
The Last Airbender (Music from the Motion Picture), James Newton Howard
10. The Last Air..
Lady In the Water, James Newton Howard
11. Lady In the ..
King Kong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
12. King Kong (O..
The Dark Knight (Collectors Edition) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], Hans Zimmer
13. The Dark Kni..
I Am Legend (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
14. I Am Legend ..
The Dark Knight (Bonus Digital Release), Hans Zimmer
15. The Dark Kni..
Michael Clayton (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
16. Michael Clay..
Treasure Planet (Music from the Motion Picture), James Newton Howard
17. Treasure Pla..
Water for Elephants (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
18. Water for El..
Defiance (Music from the Motion Picutre), James Newton Howard
19. Defiance (Mu..
Unbreakable (Original Motion Picture Score), James Newton Howard
20. Unbreakable ..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Aggressive ExpansionDark Knight (Original Motio..4:35$1.29
2.
Gravel RoadVillage (Score from the Mot..4:31$1.29
3.
MolossusBatman Begins (Music from t..4:49$1.29
4.
I'm Not a HeroDark Knight (Original Motio..6:34$0.99
5.
Why So Serious?Dark Knight (Original Motio..9:14$0.99
6.
Rue's FarewellHunger Games (Original Moti..4:59$1.29
7.
Watchful GuardianDark Knight (Collectors Edi..6:42$0.99
8.
VespertilioBatman Begins (Original Mot..2:52$1.29
9.
Kiss Him GoodbyeParkland (Original Motion P..2:46$0.99
10.
Hunger GamesHunger Games (Original Moti..1:10$1.29
11.
Introduce a Little AnarchyDark Knight (Original Motio..3:41$0.99
12.
MolossusBatman Begins (Original Mot..4:49$1.29
13.
Life Goes OnParkland (Original Motion P..2:06$0.99
14.
Snow WhiteSnow White & The Huntsm..3:24$1.29
15.
Tenuous Winners / Returning HomeHunger Games (Original Moti..3:25$1.29
16.
Horn of PlentyHunger Games (Original Moti..1:59$1.29
17.
AntrozousBatman Begins (Music from t..3:59$1.29
18.
Fairy DancePeter Pan (Original Motion ..5:24$0.99
19.
FlyingPeter Pan (Original Motion ..3:32$0.99
20.
BarbastellaBatman Begins (Original Mot..4:45$1.29
21.
Searching for PeetaHunger Games (Original Moti..1:26$1.29
22.
Katniss AfootHunger Games (Original Moti..1:49$1.29
23.
Flow Like WaterLast Airbender (Music from ..6:32$0.99
24.
Silver LeavesTreasure Planet (Music from..5:11$1.29
25.
And I Thought My Jokes Were BadDark Knight (Original Motio..2:28$0.99

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