Woody Jackson

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Woody Jackson
Woody Jackson, IndieCade 2012.jpg
Woody Jackson at the 2012 IndieCade
Background information
Birth nameWoodrow Wilson Jackson III
BornOil City, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1992–present

Woodrow Wilson Jackson III, known professionally as Woody Jackson, is an American composer, producer and session musician. Jackson is best known for his scores for the video games Red Dead Redemption (with Bill Elm), Grand Theft Auto V (with Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist and Oh No) and Red Dead Redemption 2. He operates and works at Hollywood-based Vox Recording Studios, which he overtook in 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Woodrow Wilson Jackson III was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and raised in York, Pennsylvania, and Richmond, Virginia.[1] Jackson studied at Virginia State University, where he took harmonica lessons.[2] He eventually dropped out when his funds were depleted, and turned to playing guitar with the band The Useless Playboys.[2]


In 1992, shortly after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Jackson moved from Richmond to Los Angeles.[2] In 1995, he collaborated with musician Bill Elm, who introduced Jackson to the band Friends of Dean Martinez.[3] Jackson eventually acted as a fill-in for an absent guitar player before remaining with the band as a full member for some time.[3] He also worked for McCabe's Guitar Shop for several years before becoming a session musician, working on the soundtracks of films like The Devil Wears Prada and Ocean's Twelve.[2] His musical style has been described as a "smooth blend of Krautrock, funk, ambient and brick-smashing instrumental rap".[2] Around 2009, Jackson took over Melrose Avenue-based Vox Recording Studios (also known as Electro-Vox), which was established in 1931 and is said to be the oldest privately held recording studio in the United States.[2][4][5] The same year, video game company Rockstar Games signed him to co-compose music for the upcoming game Red Dead Redemption, together with Elm.[2] He would later also compose incidental music for Rockstar's L.A. Noire.[2][3] In 2018, Jackson continued working with Rockstar as the composer for the prequel to Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson is a baptised Mormon.[1] He is married to Sharon Jackson, a talent agent and partner for William Morris Endeavor.[2][7] The couple formerly occupied a home in the Nichols Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles; they bought the property for US$925,000 in 2003 and sold it in June 2017 for $3.29 million.[7][8] Jackson has two daughters, Georgina Washington Jackson and Theodora Roosevelt Jackson.[9]


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role(s)
2010 Red Dead Redemption Composer, with Bill Elm[3]
Undead Nightmare
2011 L.A. Noire Incidental music[3][5]
2012 ModNation Racers: Road Trip Song "Le jeune jus"[10]
Max Payne 3 Studio provision[11]
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Composer, with Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist and Oh No[12]
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 Composer[6]


Year Title Role(s)
2012 Nashville Additional music for the first season, with T Bone Burnett[2]


Year Title Role(s)
2011 Play for Japan: The Album Song "Moshi Moshi"[5][13]


Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s)
2010 Spike Video Game Awards[14] Best Original Score Red Dead Redemption
Inside Gaming Awards[15] Best Original Score
Game Developers Choice Awards[16] Best Audio
GameSpot Best of 2010[17] Best Original Music
2011 Game Audio Network Guild Awards[18] Audio of the Year
Music of the Year
Best Interactive Score
Rookie of the Year Bill Elm, Woody Jackson (for Red Dead Redemption)
2013 VGX[19] Best Soundtrack Grand Theft Auto V
2018 The Game Awards 2018 Best Score/Music Red Dead Redemption 2


  1. ^ a b "Defend Music signs composer Woody Jackson". Defend Music. March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Weiss, Jeff (November 20, 2013). "Woody Jackson Helped Score Grand Theft Auto, But That's the Least of It". LA Weekly.
  3. ^ a b c d e Jeriaska (November 4, 2011). "Myths, Mavericks, And Music Of Red Dead Redemption". Gamasutra.
  4. ^ Trunick, Austin (August 26, 2013). "Primal Scream: Out of the Darkness". Under the Radar.
  5. ^ a b c Jeriaska (July 5, 2011). "Interview: Yamaoka, Shigihara, And Jackson Play For Japan". Gamasutra.
  6. ^ a b Makuch, Eddie (September 20, 2018). "Red Dead Redemption 2 Includes Woody Jackson's Music Again, And That Is Great News". GameSpot.
  7. ^ a b Leitereg, Neal J. (June 14, 2017). "'Grand Theft Auto' composer gets top dollar for Nichols Canyon home". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ David, Mark (April 19, 2017). "William Morris Endeavor Partner Sharon Jackson Lists Hollywood Hills Home (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  9. ^ The Game Awards (December 6, 2018). "Red Dead Redemption 2 Wins Best Score/Music | The Game Awards 2018". YouTube.
  10. ^ "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Original Soundtrack". Game-OST.
  11. ^ "First Max Payne 3 Soundtrack Details: HEALTH Crafting the Game's Original Score". Rockstar Games. March 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Campbell, Colin (November 3, 2014). "'The Music of Grand Theft Auto V' offers 59-track collection on vinyl and CD". Polygon.
  13. ^ Rose, Mike (May 24, 2011). "Game Music Composers Unite For Japanese Relief Album". Gamasutra.
  14. ^ Polo, Susana (December 12, 2010). "The 2010 Spike Video Game Awards". The Mary Sue.
  15. ^ "Machinima.com Aired Second Annual Inside Gaming Awards Live Via UStream". PR Newswire. December 11, 2010.
  16. ^ "11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards". Game Developers Choice Awards.
  17. ^ Mihoerck, Dan (December 20, 2010). "Best of 2010 – Best Original Music Winner". GameSpot.
  18. ^ "9th Annual GANG Awards – 2010 Released Games". Game Audio Network Guild.
  19. ^ Sarkar, Samit (December 9, 2013). "VGX names Grand Theft Auto 5 game of the year". Polygon.

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