James Newton Howard

James Newton HowardMini Biography
James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California’s music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film composer.
IMDb mini-biography by Matt Dicker

Spouse: Sophie Howard (? – present)


  • Toured with Elton John. Worked with pop group Toto.
  • Hardly ever conducts his own scores
  • Frequently uses orchestrator Brad Dechter, Jeff Atmajian and music editor Jim Weidman.
  • Has his own recording studio: JNH Studio
  • Brother-in-law of Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Alexis Arquette and David Arquette, son-in-law of Lewis Arquette, grandson-in-law of Cliff Arquette.
  • A famously fast worker, Howard is often called upon to provide last-minute replacement scores for films, or to add to existing soundtracks.
  • Has said that his single most favorite composer is probably ‘Ludwig van Beethoven.’

Information from IMDB.com

Timeline of News

Music in the movies: James Newton Howard - December 7th, 2010
The Last Airbender Soundtrack Score by James Newton Howard: June 29 - May 25th, 2010
Composer James Newton Howard All Access Interview - August 9th, 2009
Howard wins IFMCA Award for his score to The Happening - February 23rd, 2009
Score to ‘The Happening’ Nominated for 2 IFMCA Awards - January 17th, 2009
James Newton Howard to Compose for The Last Airbender - December 19th, 2008
James Newton Howard Film Composer of the Year 2008 - October 18th, 2008
The Happening Original Motion Picture Soundtrack News - April 22nd, 2008
James Newton Howard records The Happening score - March 15th, 2008
The Happening Score Recording Soon - March 9th, 2008