Aaron Zigman

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Aaron Zigman
Born (1963-01-06) January 6, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationComposer, arranger, conductor, songwriter, producer
Known forAward-winning film composer & musician
Notable work
Film scores for The Notebook, Bridge to Terabithia, John Q., The Proposal, Flicka, The Company Men, For Colored Girls, Flash of Genius, Sex & the City I & II. Co-written, arranged, produced songs with Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Tina Turner.

Aaron Zigman (born January 6, 1963) is a classically-trained American composer, producer, arranger, songwriter, and musician who has scored music for films, including The Notebook, The Company Men, Bridge to Terabithia, John Q., The Proposal, Flicka, For Colored Girls, Flash of Genius, Sex & the City, Alpha Dog, and Escape from Planet Earth. Zigman has also written, arranged and produced over 50 hit albums and/or co-written songs with legendary and contemporary artists including Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, John Legend, Dione Warwick, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Seal, and many others.

Early life and career[edit]

Zigman was born in San Diego, California. A graduate of Point Loma High School, he studied at the University of California, Los Angeles. While still in college, he had a contract with Almo Irving and wrote songs for Carly Simon, the T.V. show Fame, and co-wrote with David Lasley, Jerry Knight and Steve Cropper.[1] In 1983, he began studying with his cousin George Bassman (who orchestrated The Wizard of Oz and wrote the music for the films Marty and The Postman Always Rings Twice). Bassman had also penned the Tommy Dorsey Classic, "Getting Sentimental Over You", was the musical arranger for Lena Horne and Benny Goodman and orchestrated for Andre Kostelanetz. In the 1980s, Zigman began to make a name for himself as a studio musician and wrote a big hit in pop music called "Crush On You" which was a top chart record for The Jets. He then worked for Clive Davis and produced and arranged for Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole. During this time he wrote, arranged and produced songs for many of the top singers and artists in the industry such as Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Dionne Warwick, Boz Scaggs, Tina Turner, Seal, Carly Simon, the Pointer Sisters, Jermaine Stewart, Huey Lewis, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LaBelle, Chicago, Natalie Cole and Christina Aguilera. In the 1990s he entered the film industry, with his work being featured on film soundtracks for Mulan, What's Love Got to Do With It?, The Birdcage, Licence to Kill, and Pocahontas. His first film score was for the 2002 film, John Q.. This led to his first major film score which was the 2004 film, The Notebook, which he won multiple BMI Awards for.

Aaron Zigman in studio with John Legend writing theme song to the movie Pride



Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2002 John Q. Nick Cassavetes New Line Cinema N/A
2004 The Notebook Nick Cassavetes New Line Cinema N/A
Raise Your Voice Sean McNamara New Line Cinema N/A
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Andrew Wilson
Luke Wilson
Wendell Distribution N/A
In the Mix Ron Underwood Lionsgate N/A
2006 Alpha Dog Nick Cassavetes Universal Pictures N/A
The Virgin of Juarez Kevin James Dobson First Look Studios N/A
ATL Chris Robinson Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Take the Lead Liz Friedlander New Line Cinema N/A
Akeelah and the Bee Doug Atchison Lionsgate N/A
Step Up Anne Fletcher Touchstone Pictures N/A
10th & Wolf Robert Moresco ThinkFilm N/A
Flicka Michael Mayer 20th Century Fox N/A
2007 Bridge to Terabithia Gábor Csupó Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Pride Sunu Gonera Lionsgate N/A
Good Luck Chuck Mark Helfrich Lionsgate N/A
The Jane Austen Book Club Robin Swicord Sony Pictures Classics N/A
Why Did I Get Married? Tyler Perry Lionsgate N/A
Martian Child Menno Meyjes New Line Cinema N/A
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Zach Helm 20th Century Fox with Alexandre Desplat
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Jon M. Chu Touchstone Pictures N/A
Meet the Browns Tyler Perry Lionsgate N/A
Sex and the City: The Movie Michael Patrick King New Line Cinema N/A
The Family That Preys Tyler Perry Lionsgate N/A
Flash of Genius Marc Abraham Universal Pictures N/A
Christmas Cottage Michael Campus Lionsgate N/A
Lake City Perry Moore
Hunter Hill
Screen Media Films N/A
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Tyler Perry Lionsgate N/A
The Proposal Anne Fletcher Touchstone Pictures N/A
My Sister's Keeper Nick Cassavetes New Line Cinema N/A
The Ugly Truth Robert Luketic Columbia Pictures N/A
I Can Do Bad All By Myself Tyler Perry Lionsgate N/A


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s)
2010 The Company Men John Wells The Weinstein Company
The Last Song Julie Anne Robinson Touchstone Pictures
Why Did I Get Married Too? Tyler Perry Lionsgate
Sex and the City 2 Michael Patrick King New Line Cinema
For Colored Girls Tyler Perry Lionsgate
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Tyler Perry Lionsgate
I Don't Know How She Does It Douglas McGrath The Weinstein Company
What's Your Number? Mark Mylod 20th Century Fox
2012 Good Deeds Tyler Perry Lionsgate
Madea's Witness Protection Tyler Perry Lionsgate
Step Up Revolution Scott Speer Summit Entertainment
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Cal Brunker The Weinstein Company
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Tyler Perry Lionsgate
Peeples Tina Gordon Chism Lionsgate
Baggage Claim David E. Talbert Fox Searchlight Pictures
2014 The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes 20th Century Fox
The Best of Me Michael Hoffman Relativity Media
2015 Mr. Right Paco Cabezas Focus World
2016 Wakefield Robin Swicord
2017 The Shack Stuart Hazeldine Summit Entertainment
TBA A Nice Girl Like You Chris Riedell and Nick Riedell


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