Mark Mancina

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About Mark Mancina

Composer Mark Mancina studied classical guitar and piano at a young age before getting into prog-rock while in high school. ∙ He got his soundtrack break composing music for B movies, sometimes completing an entire film score in three days. ∙ Mancina’s partnership with Hans Zimmer yielded scores for Days of Thunder, Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, and True Romance. ∙ His production and arrangement on Disney’s The Lion King soundtrack earned him a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children. ∙ His 1999 collaboration with Phil Collins culminated in the Tarzan soundtrack’s Academy Award-winning single, “You Will Be in My Heart,” which Mancina arranged and coproduced. ∙ Mancina contributed keyboards to Seal’s eponymous 1991 debut, featuring one of his biggest hits, “Crazy.” ∙ To prepare for the Moana soundtrack, Mancina attended gatherings of different ancient and traditional music and dances of Hawaii and New Zealand.

Santa Monica, California, United States of America
March 9, 1957