Blake Neely

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Blake Neely
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Blake Neely (2014)
Born (1969-04-28) April 28, 1969 (age 47)
Paris, Texas
Occupation Composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, author
Website www.blakeneely.com

Blake Neely (born April 28, 1969) is an American composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and author.

Early life[edit]

Blake Neely was born and raised in Paris, Texas. He comes from a family full of a variety of career paths; his father was a rancher and professor, his mother a capable journalist, and his brother Tom Neely[1] is an artist in Los Angeles.

Neely first found his love for music by learning to play piano at the early age of 4, and has continued to pursue it ever since. At a young age, much of his initial interest was aroused by movies and TV shows, such as Star Wars. At age 14, Neely's parents found Simon Sargon, who took Neely under his wing for private lessons in order to help him better understand and develop his composing interests.

After graduating high school in 1987, Neely attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he continued his pursuit as a music major. During his time in college, Neely interned for two summers in L.A. for Disney. After graduation, he was offered a full-time job by their record company, Hollywood Records. He worked with them for a few years before moving on to Disney’s music publishing division, where he ran the print music division, handling publications of Disney’s sheet music and songbooks.

Work[edit]

Neely has contributed to and been credited on dozens of film and TV projects over the years such as: Everwood (which earned him a 2003 Emmy Award nomination for the theme), on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, King Kong, The Last Samurai, The Great Buck Howard and many more. Other film projects in which he is the sole composer are Elvis and Anabelle, Starter for 10, and The Wedding Date.

In addition, Neely has composed the music for over twenty television series, including CBS's The Mentalist.

He has frequently collaborated with writer/director/producer Greg Berlanti, including Everwood, Jack & Bobby, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money, Political Animals and currently Blindspot, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

He has also been credited alongside several well known composers such as Michael Kamen, James Newton Howard, Vangelis (worked on the Mythodea project as arranger and conductor), and Hans Zimmer.

As an author, he has written over 25 instrumental method books such as the best-selling piano method Piano For Dummies.[2]

He recorded his score for a HBO documentary on David McCullough at the Conway Studios in Hollywood on February 23, 2008.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year(s) Title Notes
2016 Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series) Original Music Composer
2015-2016 Supergirl (TV Series) Original Music Composer
2015-2016 Blindspot (TV Series) Original Music Composer
2014 The Mentalist (TV Series) (133 episodes) Original Music Composer
2012-2014 Arrow (TV Series) (39 episodes) Original Music Composer
2013-2014 The Mindy Project (TV Series) (6 episodes) Original Music Composer
2014 Resurrection (TV Series) (6 episodes) Original Music Composer
2014 The Flash (TV Series) (1 episode) Original Music Composer
2013 The Assassination of President Kennedy (TV Movie documentary) Original Music Composer
2013 The Sixties (TV Series documentary) (1 episode) Original Music Composer
2013 Arrow: Year One (TV Movie) Original Music Composer
2013 Golden Boy (TV Series) (13 episodes) Original Music Composer
2012-2013 Wedding Band (TV Series) (3 episodes) Original Music Composer
2012 Political Animals (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode) Original Music Composer
2011-2012 Pan Am (TV Series) (10 episodes) Original Music Composer
2011 Mister Handsome (Short) Original Music Composer
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Original Music Composer
2011 Royal Reunion (Short) Original Music Composer
2011 An Article of Hope (Documentary) Original Music Composer
2010-2011 No Ordinary Family (TV Series) (15 episodes) Original Music Composer
2006-2011 Brothers & Sisters
2010 Life as We Know it Original Music Composer
2010 The Pacific (TV Mini-Series) (10 episodes) Original Music Composer
2010 Think Tank (Short) Original Music Composer
2009-2010 Eastwick (TV Series) (11 episodes) Original Music Composer
2008-2009 Eli Stone (TV Series) (26 episodes) Original Music Composer
2008 Surfer, Dude Original Music Composer
2008 Recruited (Short) Original Music Composer
2008 David McCullough: Painting with Words (TV Movie documentary) Original Music Composer
2008 The Great Buck Howard Original Music Composer
2007-2008 Notes from the Underbelly (TV Series) (16 episodes) Original Music Composer
2007 Masters of the Heist (Video documentary short) Original Music Composer
2007 Brothers & Sisters: Family Album (TV Movie) Original Music Composer
2007 Traveler (TV Series) (8 episodes) Original Music Composer
2007 Brothers & Sisters: A Family Matter (TV Movie) Original Music Composer
2007 Elvis and Anabelle Original Music Composer
2007 Pushing Daisies (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode) Original Music Composer
2006-2007 What About Brian (TV Series) (8 episodes) Original Music Composer
2006 Starter for 10 Original Music Composer
2006 The Da Vinci Code Additional Music Composer
2006 RV Additional Music Composer
2004-2006 Dr. Vegas (TV Series) (6 episodes) Original Music Composer
2002-2006 Everwood (TV Series) (89 episodes) Original Music Composer
2005 Related (TV Series) (5 episodes) Original Music Composer
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (Documentary short) Original Music Composer
2005 A Date with Debra (Video documentary short) Original Music Composer
2005 Get Froggged!: Behind the Scenes of Frog-g-g! (Documentary short) Original Music Composer
2005 The Wedding Date Original Music Composer
2005 King Kong Additional Music Composer
2005 The Island Additional Music Composer
2005 Into the West (TV Mini-Series) Additional Music Composer
2005 Revelations (TV Mini-Series) (2 episodes) Additional Music Composer
2004-2005 Jack & Bobby (TV Series) (22 episodes) Original Music Composer
2004 First Daughter Original Music Composer
2004 Brother, Can You Spare a Job? (Short) Original Music Composer
2004 Frog-g-g! Original Music Composer
2004 Kat Plus One (TV Movie) Original Music Composer
2004 Oedipus (Short) Original Music Composer
2004 Catwoman Additional Music Composer
2004 King Arthur Additional Music Composer
2003-2004 Wild West Tech (TV Series documentary) (10 episodes) Original Music Composer
2003 The True Story of Seabiscuit (TV Movie documentary) Original Music Composer
2003 It's the Cheese (Short) Original Music Composer
2003 The Samurai (TV Movie documentary) Original Music Composer
2003 The Last Samurai Additional Music Composer
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Additional Music Composer
2003 Something's Gotta Give Additional Music Composer
2002 Conquest (TV Series documentary) Original Music Composer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Neely". iwilldestroyyou.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  2. ^ Piano for Dummies at Amazon.com
  3. ^ Dan Goldwasser (2008-02-27). "Blake Neely scores the HBO documentary David McCullough: Painting with Words". ScoringSessions.com. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 

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