Jared Emerson-Johnson

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Jared Emerson-Johnson
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Jared Emerson-Johnson conducting a recording session at AudioSFX.
Background information
Birth name Jared Nathaniel Emerson-Johnson
Born (1981-10-13) October 13, 1981 (age 34)
Origin San Francisco, California
Genres Jazz, classical
Occupation(s) Composer, voice actor, sound designer, voice director
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar, violin, mandolin
Years active 2002–present
Website Bay Area Sound

Jared Nathaniel Emerson-Johnson (born October 13, 1981) is an American video game music composer, sound designer, voice director and voice actor. Emerson-Johnson is the Music Supervisor and lead composer at Bay Area Sound, an audio production company specializing in sound design, music and voiceover for video games.[1]


Jared began his career as an assistant to composer Clint Bajakian on the score for LucasArts'. Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. Emerson-Johnson has also worked as a sound designer for projects, including James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Psychonauts. More recently, Emerson-Johnson was the composer behind the video games produced by Telltale Games, such as Bone, Sam & Max, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, Poker Night at the Inventory, Back to the Future: The Game, Jurassic Park: The Game, and The Walking Dead (video game), The Wolf Among Us.

In all three seasons of Sam & Max he plays the C.O.P.S., a group of obsolete computers, and in Telltale Games' Tales of Monkey Island series, he plays the Marquis DeSinge as well as the Thief.

In 2004, Emerson-Johnson received the Game Audio Network Guild's "Rookie of the Year" award. Jared's score, voice direction, and sound design for Telltale Games' 'Bone: The Great Cow Race were finalists for the 2007 Independent Games Festival. His score for Telltale Games' Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space was also a finalist for Best Original Score in the 2008 IGN PC Awards. He shares an AdventureGamers.com 2009 Aggie award for best voice acting for his work on Tales of Monkey Island.[2]

His 2013 B.A.F.T.A. nominated score to The Walking Dead has eclipsed much of his earlier work and has shown him to be a composer of tremendous versatility.


Video game soundtracks[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • Mr. Lux At Your Service (2008)
  • YouTube Presents: The Birds and the Biz (2008)


BAFTA Games Awards[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2013 The Walking Dead Best Original Music Nominated

Golden Joystick Awards[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2014 The Wolf Among Us Best Audio Nominated

Game Audio Network Guild Awards[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2015 The Walking Dead: Season Two Best Dialog Nominated
2013 The Walking Dead Best Dialog Won
2012 Star Wars: The Old Republic Best Soundtrack Album Won
2004 LeapFrog Leapster: SpongeBob SquarePants Best Audio - Other Won
2004 n/a Rookie of the Year Won

Game Music Online Annual Game Music Awards[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2015 The Walking Dead Season Two Outstanding Achievement – Cinematic Music Nominated
2015 The Walking Dead Season Two Outstanding Achievement – Voice Dialogue Nominated
2015 n/a Outstanding Contribution – Western Composer Nominated

Independent Games Festival[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2007 Bone: The Great Cow Race Excellence in Audio[1] Nominated

Golden Joystick Awards[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2014 The Wolf Among Us Best Audio[2] Nominated

Adventure Gamers Aggie Awards[edit]

Year Project Category Result
2014 The Wolf Among Us Best Music Nominated
2012 The Walking Dead Best Music Nominated
2011 Back to the Future: The Game Best Music Won
2010 Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Best Music (Reader's Choice) Won
2009 Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures Best Music Nominated
2008 Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Best Music Won


External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Independent Games Festival 2007". IGF. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Golden Joystick Awards 2014 Nominees". Golden Joystick Awards 2014. 30 August 2014. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015.