J. Ralph

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J. Ralph
Background information
Birth name J. Ralph
Born 1975
New York City
Years active 1997–present
Labels Atlantic, Universal, Lava, Rumor Mill Records
Website jralph.com

J. Ralph (American born; 1975) is an Academy Award nominated composer, singer/songwriter and producer from New York City.[1] His professional career began with the signing to Atlantic Records at age 22 as a recording artist.[2] He is the founder of the award winning music production company The Rumor Mill,[3][4][5] and has written and produced the music for numerous Oscar winning films, Grammy Award winning artists, and The President of The United States, Barack Obama.[6]

Music career[edit]

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as the "go-to producer of documentary film scores",[7] J. Ralph has written and produced the music for 4 out of the last 6 Oscar winning/nominated documentary feature films including Man on Wire (2009),[8] The Cove (2010),[9] Hell and Back Again (2012),[10] and Chasing Ice (2013) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Song".[7][11] In the 85 year history of the Academy Awards, J. Ralph's song "Before My Time", performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell from Chasing Ice, is one of only three songs ever to be nominated for an Oscar from a documentary. It remains the only song ever to be nominated from a documentary when the film was not.[12] J. Ralph is completely self-taught[13] and does not read or write a single note of music.[14] He is the founder of the internationally award winning production company The Rumor Mill and many of his songs have been featured in modern commercial advertisements for companies including Porsche, Nike, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Chrysler.[15]

Ralph has recorded two CDs, The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu (2005) and Music to Mauzner By (1999), the latter under the moniker "Spy".[16][17] He has also written for live performance, with 2008's "Fanfare for the Uncommon Ellie and Mr. Greene" performed by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.[18]


J. Ralph has written and produced songs in collaboration with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Willie Nelson,[19] Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons), Joshua Bell, Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's), Ezra Koneig (of Vampire Weekend), Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, Fally Ipupa, Sean Lennon, Philippe Petit, Dr. John, Devendra Banhart, Stephen Stills, Carly Simon, Vincent Gallo, David Garza, Ben Harper, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead), Aston "Family Man" Barrett (of Bob Marley & The Wailers), Matisyahu, KRS-One, Paul Brady, Bonnie Bramlett, Vashti Bunyan, Martin Carthy, Judy Collins, Lila Downs, Nic Jones, Norah Jones, Leah Siegel and Ben Taylor.[20][21][22][23]

Filmography as composer[edit]


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  2. ^ Kurutz, Steven (2011-2-15). "A Prodigy's Second Act". The Wallstreet Journal.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Sun, Rebecca (2013-03-13). "Oscar-Nominated Songwriter Signs With WME". Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ "Volkswagen Adverts & Commercials Archive BIG DAY". Advertolog. 
  5. ^ "Volkswagen Squares". We Love Ad. 
  6. ^ "J. Ralph on Chasing Ice". ASCAP Playback. 
  7. ^ a b Carlson, Erin (2013-2-20). "Oscars 2013: Best Song Contender J. Ralph on Scarlett Johansson's 'World-Class' Singing Voice". Hollywood Reporter.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 81st Academy Awards". Nominees & Winners. AMPAS. Retrieved 2009-2-22.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards". Nominees & Winners. AMPAS. Retrieved 3/7/2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Nominees and Winners for the 84th Academy Awards". Nominees & Winners. AMPAS. Retrieved 2012-2-26.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards". Nominees & Winners. AMPAS. Retrieved 2013-2-24.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ Lewis, Randy (2013-2-22). "Oscar best-song nominee J. Ralph: 'It's outrageous'". L.A. Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Rosenbloom, Etan (2012-11-23). "J. Ralph on Chasing Ice". Playback. 
  14. ^ Block, Melissa (2005-07-22). "J. Ralph: Ad Tune Master (4:55)". NPR. 
  15. ^ "J. Ralph: Ad Tune Master". NPR, All Things Considered. 22 June 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Bush, John. "Spy". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Zuck, Barbara (November 9, 2008). "Soloists, premiere cap energetic night". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Florino, Rick (2011-10-19). "J. Ralph Talks "Hell and Back Again"". Artist Direct. 
  20. ^ Barker, Andrew (2010-11-18). "Ralph’s score veers to the vulnerable". Variety. 
  21. ^ "Wretches & Jabberers Soundtrack". Wretches & Jabberers Official Website. 
  22. ^ "INTERVIEW: J.Ralph". Globecat. Globecat. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  23. ^ Jeffries, David. "Matisyahu Spark Seeker (Credits)". Crossroads. Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  24. ^ "J. Ralph IMDB". 

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