Stephen J. Lawrence

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Stephen J. Lawrence (AKA Stephen Lawrence) is an American composer, living and working in New York City.


Stephen J. Lawrence, Composer

Career overview to date (as of October 6th, 2014): composed more than 300 songs and scores for Sesame Street, resulting in three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition; composed the title song and four others for Marlo Thomas's Free to Be... You and Me, the landmark million-selling record, book and Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning ABC television special; composed the million-selling Gold Record You Take My Breath Away; scored the Robert De Niro movie Bang the Drum Slowly and the cult horror classic Alice, Sweet Alice, which won the music award at the Paris International Festival of Fantasy and Science Fiction; composed score for "One Summer Love", 1976, AKA "Dragonfly", composed the songs and score for the 1989 live-action movie musical Red Riding Hood starring Isabella Rossellini and Craig T. Nelson, lyrics by Michael Korie; composed songs for the live-action movie musical The Emperor's New Clothes, starring Sid Caesar and Robert Morse; composed songs and score for "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", an HBO animated musical starring Carol Burnett, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Stephen was born in 1939. Spouses: Christine Jones (Married: 1984; Divorced: 1990). Cathy Schwartzman Lawrence (Married: 2002). Daughter: Hannah Lawrence (Born 1986).

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Three Emmy Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, Sesame Street1989-1990, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003.
  • Emmy nominations for Sesame Street: 2011-1012, 2007, 2008, 1994-1995, 2001-2002, 1989-1990, 1995-1996.
  • Emmy certificate for Free To Be...You And Me, 1974.
  • Emmy certificate for Hot Hero Sandwich (Title Song), 1979-1980.
  • Gold Record for You Take My Breath Away signifying sales of over one million copies.
  • Gold Record for Free to Be... You and Me signifying sales of 500,000 copies, although it went on to sell over a million.
  • Gold Record for Sooner Or Later, the soundtrack of the 1979 NBC TV movie[1] which included "You Take My Breath Away", signifying sales of 500,000 copies.
  • Music Award from the Paris International Film Festival of Fantasy and Science Fiction for Alice, Sweet Alice (also known as 'Communion').

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