Composers

Composer Biography

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are an Emmy® Award winning musical composing duo based in Los Angeles. They both started their careers in one of the most successful rock bands of the 80s, Prince & the Revolution. They continued to work as a duo and released five original albums as well as pursuing a career path in scoring feature films and television. Since 1995's box office hit Dangerous Minds, Wendy & Lisa have set a successful track record scoring films such as Soul Food, Something New, television series' "Crossing Jordan," "Nurse Jackie," "Mercy" and the Emmy-nominated NBC series "Heroes."

Since their breakout work in Dangerous Minds the duo have gone on to win numerous ASCAP Awards for Top TV Series (Heroes, Crossing Jordan and Carnivale) and Top Box Office Films (Dangerous Minds) and a 2006 Black Reel Award for Best Original Score for "Something New."

Wendy and Lisa are childhood friends, both from musical families which often performed together; Wendy's father, Mike Melvoin, was an in-demand session musician and was president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in the 1980's, while Lisa's father, Gary L. Coleman was also a popular session musician and played on the Beach Boy's famous Pet Sounds sessions, numerous Carpenter's records as well as most of the notable Motown artists of the 1970's. Both Lisa and Wendy are multi-instrumentalists.

Apart from their composing career, Wendy & Lisa are often sought out for their song writing and collaboration skills. They have collaborated on albums with Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Neil Finn, Seal and Grace Jones to name a few.

Currently, Wendy & Lisa compose for "Touch," and films as well as making time to release more albums of original songs.

Their full-length score soundtrack to "Heroes" titled "Heroes: Original Score" was released in April 2009 which includes Wendy & Lisa's opening theme score and compositions for each of the show's main characters. Lionsgate Music/Showtime released Wendy & Lisa's original music to Nurse Jackie in March 2010. It features 30 cues from the hit Showtime television series Season One. The Main Title Theme for Touch is available via iTunes as well as Wendy & Lisa's version of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" (with vocals by Karen David.)

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman were honored for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for the Emmy®-nominated comedy series Nurse Jackie. They have been nominated this year (2012) for their Main Title work on Touch.