McNeely (on left) and Seth MacFarlane at the premiere of A Million Ways to Die in the West in May 15, 2014.
|Born||March 28, 1959 (age 58)|
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Genres||Film score, big band, classical, disco, funk, jazz, R&B, soul, swing|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter|
|Instruments||Piano, organ, keyboard, backing vocals|
|Labels||Universal Republic, Republic|
|Associated acts||Seth MacFarlane|
Joel McNeely (born March 28, 1959) is an American composer, arranger, musician, and songwriter. He is a composer of film and television music.
Joel McNeely was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Both of his parents were involved in music and theater, and as a child he played the piano, saxophone, bass, and flute. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, studied jazz at the University of Miami, and earned a master's degree as a composition major at the Eastman School of Music.
Lucasfilm chose McNeely to compose the soundtrack to the 1996 Star Wars novel Shadows of the Empire. This was an experimental project where he conveyed general moods and themes instead of writing music to flow for specific scenes.
He is also notable for conducting a series of re-recordings of Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, John Barry and others' scores under the label of Varèse Sarabande, notably Vertigo, Psycho and Citizen Kane, and selected scores from the Twilight Zone television series, among others. He also composed the score for The Avengers and the theme and music for FOX's Dark Angel. Additionally, he scored the movies Terminal Velocity, Iron Will (which was used in the teaser trailer to Toy Story, the theatrical trailer to Balto, and the VHS trailer to Mulan), Flipper, Gold Diggers, Samantha, Virus, and I Know Who Killed Me (2007). He also scored a multitude of Disney animated films (Mulan II, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (2002) (with Jerry Goldsmith), Tinker Bell (with James Horner and James Horner) and many others).
Currently McNeely scores occasional episodes of the FOX animated TV series American Dad!, since the fourth season replacing Ron Jones who left to focus more on composing for Family Guy, including the episode with the Back to the Future parody, and the season five premiere (among others).
|1987||You Talkin' to Me?||Charles Winkler||United Artists|
|1988||Splash, Too||Greg Antonacci|| Walt Disney Television|
|1989||Parent Trap III||Mollie Miller|| Walt Disney Television|
|Polly||Debbie Allen|| Walt Disney Television|
|Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon||Mollie Miller|| Walt Disney Television|
|2011||Pixie Hollow Games|| Bradley Raymond|
| Warner Bros. Animation|
| Television special|
Original themes from "Tinker Bell" written by James Horner
|2014||A Million Ways to Die in the West||Seth MacFarlane|| Fuzzy Door Productions|
Media Rights Capital
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1993||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Won|
|1993||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Nominated|
|1998||ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films||Air Force One||Won|
|2003||Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production||Return to Never Land (shared with Jerry Goldsmith)||Nominated|
|2012||Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album||Music Is Better Than Words||Nominated|
|2012||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction||Seth MacFarlane: Swingin' in Concert||Nominated|
|2015||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film||A Million Ways to Die in the West||Nominated|