John Kavanaugh

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John William Kavanaugh
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John W. Kavanaugh
Born
Alma materRollins College
OccupationComposer/Lyricist
Websitejohnkavanaugh.net

John Kavanaugh is an American composer, lyricist and musical director who is currently serving as songwriter for Disney Television Animation.[1] He was awarded the 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for Sofia The First Main Title theme song with co-lyricist Craig Gerber.[2] In addition to Sofia The First, John is currently working as songwriter and music director on Elena of Avalor.

His songs can also be heard in several animated movies, including Disney's Winnie The Pooh film Springtime with Roo and Nickelodeon’s Globehunters.[3][4] He co-wrote the scores to Curious George Live for NBC Universal, Dreams are Universal for Universal Studios Japan, Flintstones: The Musical for Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as numerous songs for Sesame Street Live and Tokyo DisneySea.[5]

Personal life[edit]

John, (John William Kavanaugh) is the son of Edward Houston Kavanaugh and Eileen Kirby Gunn and is the youngest of six children. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and developed his passion for music by watching his mother play the piano and create/direct many variety shows in Norfolk. He graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and began working at Disney World in 1983. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to work for Disneyland where he soon began his composing career writing for theatre and theme parks worldwide.

He is currently married to Efren Gonzalez and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Song Category/Award Shared with Result
2019 Annie Awards Elena of Avalor Outstanding Achievement in Music

in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Tony Morales, Craig Gerber,

Rachel Ruderman and Silvia Olivas

Nominee
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards "Merroway Cove",

"Sofia the First: The Floating Palace"

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Craig Gerber Nominee
2014 Daytime Emmy Awards "Sofia the First: Main Title Theme" Outstanding Original Song

Main Title and Promo

Craig Gerber Winner
2014 Daytime Emmy Awards "I Belong",

"Sofia the First: The Princess Test"

Outstanding Original Song Craig Gerber Nominee
2014 Annie Awards Sofia the First Outstanding Achievement in Music

in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Kevin Kliesch

and Craig Gerber

Nominee

Articles[edit]

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/tv/tv-guy/os-disney-composer-serves-two-heroines-20161205-story.html

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney - ABC Press". disneychannelmedianet.com.
  2. ^ "ASCAP Members Win Every Daytime Emmy Music Award". www.ascap.com.
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5477024/?ref_=fn_al_nm_3
  4. ^ "John Kavanaugh - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/john-kavanaugh-mn0000231716/credits

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