The story of Vince Emmett's musical career arcs from the bluegrass of his Kentucky home to the mountain ranges of Ethiopia.
Vince’s eclectic music education began at the age of 10, when he performed weekly on a televised country music show alongside Allison Krauss. "At this ridiculously tender age I learned that music moved people."
Vince's musical curiosity caused him to take full advantage of his close proximity to the University of Illinois. From this study of the classics, Vince acquired an appreciation for the discipline of all the old masters.
When the road beckoned, Vince toured playing gospel music. This led him to a small Kentucky recording studio where he honed his craft under the mentorship of bluegrass legends including JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice. There, Vince bore witness to the birth of the modern bluegrass movement, New Grass, which also included artists such as Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, and Sam Bush. "Little did I know, in that backwoods studio, I was standing in the middle of a true revolutionary movement. They taught me what a recording session is really all about. Capturing the heart and soul moves people!"
Vince learned to produce and record music in dynamic ways. He formed The Shaking Family band, which quickly led him to a major label recording contract with Elektra Entertainment, and a publishing contract as a writer with EMI Music Publishing. Even with glowing reviews, Vince was driven to pursue more eclectic musical interests.
He accepted an invitation to travel as a musical ambassador to Cuba, Ethiopia, England, France, Poland, Spain, Morocco, Australia, Haiti, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Vince became adept at integrating unique rhythms with elegant melodies. A call from the International Red Cross requesting a song for the children of Somalia and their plight soon had Vince composing the epic S.O.S. theme. This song brought international media attention and aid to the children of Somalia. "A musical collaboration brought hope, forged friendships and provided relief. One more time I saw the power of music to change hearts and move people."
Upon his return to American soil, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts discovered Vince and ask if he would consider writing for the stage. Vince wrote the live score for The Helen Keller Story, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, and The Island of the Blue Dolphins. "I had never experienced anything like that before," remarks Vince, "When the audience was in their seats and the actors walked out onto the stage, and the music began, I was hooked." Word spread and the prestigious Actors' Theatre commissioned a work for John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Vince became the first composer in history to apply a musical score to a John Steinbeck work on stage.
Vince later met Kris Kristofferson and was humbled to be asked to score what would be his first feature film, Pharaoh's Army (1995), which also starred Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. On working in film, Vince says, "I have always loved concept records, and for me this was an 'Aha!' moment, the ultimate use of the musical language I'd been taught my entire life." The integration of performance, recording, and story on film provided an unparalleled environment for telling stories through his music, bringing motion pictures to life in distinct ways. "I approach film the same way life brought music to me - rarely conventional, always emotional."
Thus, whether fine-tuning the grassroots sound of soulful fiddles, integrating Ethiopian percussion influences into modern scores, working with actors performing on-set, or bringing his own compositions to life with the great orchestras, Vince endeavors to tell a story, create a sensory and emotional experience for the audience, and continue to shape the horizon of where music can go.
Vince composes and produces the scores of episodic and feature length film's with his company, Picture Sonics, in his private Nashville studio with a staff of five in support. Vince lives with his wife, Brenda, and their three children, adopted from Ethiopia - Stella, Eva, and Berke.
October 23, 2014 - Vince Emmett presents composed works. Encouraging Producers, Writers and Directors to go Beyond the Spotting Session at the Music In Film symposium hosted by Sony/Provident Entertainment.
September 27, 2014 - Scoring has started for "God For The Rest of Us." 18 episodes slated for A&E.
September 25, 2014 - The New York Times reports "GOOD MUSIC"
September 12, 2014 - "The Song" Press Release (ScoreTrack.net) Composer and Music Producer Vincent Emmett Tackles The Song Soundtrack on Capitol Records.
March 1, 2014 - "AHA" set for broadcast early 2015. To be seen in 48 countries.
February 24, 2014 - "Acts of God" series released! Playing to millions world-wide.
For Release - SOS, The Somalian Relief fund nominated for an Emmy. Composer/Music Producer Vince Emmett.