Biography / Info
Scott Hallgren is a Silver Telly & Golden CINE award-winning composer and musician born in Virginia, and as a military brat moved to multiple states, both on and off US Air Force bases. An early interest in music led him to study jazz piano and arranging at the University of Miami (Florida). After graduation, Scott relocated to Nashville to pursue his dream of working as a recording and touring musician at a world-class level. Soon after arriving, he was invited to go on tour with pop country artist and multiple Grammy winner Steve Wariner.
During the next decade, Scott served as Donna Summer’s musical director and pianist. He also toured with Margaret Becker, The Wilkinsons, and Fernando Ortega, after his stint in Wariner's band. He traveled to over a dozen countries on three continents, performing on concert stage and broadcast, supporting other artists such as: Sir Elton John, Aaron Neville, Andrae Crouch, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Skaggs, Eddy Arnold, Brian Littrell (of Backstreet Boys), David Foster, and Marc Antony.
After touring, Scott made a change to focus on his composing and arranging skills. Working with local and national filmmakers over the next few years, Scott scored movies that were accepted at over two dozen film festivals worldwide. Of note, "Sith'D", a short Star Wars spoof, won Best Comedy at Comic-Con (2006), and "Gracie: diary of a coma patient" (2007) won festival awards for director Jeff Wedding, and received much critical acclaim for Scott's musical score.
Scott's varied talents as an arranger, composer and performer have been featured on albums by Donna Summer, This Is My America (Various Artists), Monte Montgomery, Seay, Leif Shires, and on the movie soundtracks of Smart People, London Tango and Blink Of An Eye.
Scott also writes music for numerous media platforms, including: national commercials for Exxon/Mobil, Enzyte and IcyHot, videos for Scholastic and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, show themes and promos for The Documentary Channel, live events for FPS and Cirque Shanghai, underscores for two of the Nashville Film Festival's feature documentaries, and video games for Ridiculous Software.
In 2007, he was a panelist at the Americana Music Conference, Nashville, session on film/TV placements. That same year, he was interviewed by Nashville Arts & Entertainment and Microfilmaker magazines. In 2008, he was invited to speak at the International Black Film Festival as a panelist on film/TV placements. And in 2009, Scott was one of three composers selected to write music for Christ Church Cathedral's annual Score_Underscore event.
Scott lives in and works from Nashville.