john jennings boyd

Music for Media

photo by  Erika Seress

photo by Erika Seress

American composer, John Jennings Boyd, represents the vanguard of a new generation of composers equally adept at scoring with live orchestra, producing ambient soundscapes, and creating commercially-minded music across all forms of modern media.

With a passion for multiple genres, he has worked with major studios and indie filmmakers alike. Most recently, John co-scored Universal's comedy How High 2 and in another collaboration with Universal, John scored the animated short Minion Scouts. Other animated highlights include additional music for Sony's The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 as well as Universal's Despicable Me 3 and Minions. John has had the pleasure of teaming up with Oscar winning director Daniel Junge to score Lionsgate's A Lego Brickumentary and Being Evel (which premiered at 2015’s Sundance Film Festival). Some of his documentary scores also include: History Channel's Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars, Fox's U.S. Open Epics: Tiger and Rocco, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, Spike Lee’s Lil Joints and of the Son: The Legacy of David & Jackie Robinson, and ESPN's Making Your Mark: The Snowboard Life of Mark McMorris. His television highlights include: HBO's “Ferrell Takes The Field, Hasbro’s Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, OWN’s Black Love, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, NBC's Superstore, HBO’s Entourage, HBO’s Making It In America, and ABC's Mixology. No stranger to narrative stories, John has scored feature and short films that have garnered major awards and attention at prestigious film festivals (Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, etc) including Victoria Para Chino (dir. Cary Fukunaga), The Bravest, the Boldest (dir. Moon Molson), 1982 (dir. Tommy Oliver), and Kinyarwanda (dir. Alrick Brown).


In addition to scoring film and TV, John co-founded Soundcat Productions, a boutique music company with studios in NYC and LA. As creative director of Soundcat, he has written and produced music for various national and international ad campaigns including MasterCard, Canon, Facebook, Kate Spade, Apple, Ford, Verizon, and Google.

John currently resides in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from The Florida State University School of Music, and a Masters Degree in Film Scoring from New York University.