About Tom Harrison
is a film composer and author based in London.
His music has been featured in over 150 different television series.
Tom Harrison is a composer originally from Moray, Scotland. To date, his music has been used in over 150 different television series including Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, The Voice, NFL Football, WWE: Raw and many others.
After graduating with a BMus in Film Scoring summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, Harrison spent 10 years working in Hollywood on some of television’s most successful shows. He began with a series of musical assistant jobs working for composers Deborah Lurie (Footloose, Spiderman 3), W. G. Snuffy Walden (The West Wing, Friday Night Lights), Christopher Tyng (Futurama, Suits) and an internship with Alf Clausen on The Simpsons.
Arguably Harrison’s most important breakthrough came when he was hired by composer John M. Keane as the music assistant on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the #1 television series in the world at the time. He spent 3 years as Keane’s protégé, working on music editorial, arranging and orchestration for the programme. The pair also worked on the music for Horns, a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe. In addition to his time working for Walden, Harrison often credits his years with Keane as the most formative of his career.
Following the close of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s extraordinary run (the 7th longest in US drama history) and after brief stints working for Mike Regan (Powerpuff Girls, God of War) and Oscar-winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Harrison began his own composing career in earnest. His keenest interest as a composer is in the production of library music for television. To date, Harrison has produced 10 albums for APM including “Unsettled Business 2” written at the direction of Discovery Channel producers. Harrison is a huge professional wrestling fan; in addition to several placements with WWE, he composed the custom entrance theme for Ring of Honor tag team Lifeblood. The Lifeblood theme was played during the G1 Supercard at wrestling’s most prestigious venue Madison Square Garden. The G1 Supercard is the only wrestling event to be produced at MSG by a promotion other than WWE post-1960.
In addition to his composing career, Harrison has worked extensively as a songwriter and a musical director. He was the musical director, guitarist and pianist for a production of Green Day’s American Idiot: The Musical in North Hollywood, a USA tour with Damian McGinty (Glee) and a tour of China with Nashville-based country singer Jackson Wells. Harrison co-wrote two original songs with McGinty on his #2 Billboard Holiday album This Christmas Time.
Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in Composition for Media and Music Theory at the Academy of Contemporary Music in London part-time and is currently reading for an MMus in Classical Composition at King’s College London. He is an active voting member and judge for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMYs), a professional member of BAFTA Los Angeles and the former chair of the music judging committee for the ASIFA Hollywood Annie Awards. His book How to Become a Film Composer was published globally by Centerstream and Hal Leonard in 2018.