McCreary in 2009
|Born||February 17, 1979|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Genres||Film score, orchestral|
|Labels||La La Land Records, Sparks and Shadows|
Bear McCreary (born February 17, 1979) is an American musician and composer of film, television, and video games scores based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series and for the TV series Outlander and The Walking Dead . He has also scored for the PlayStation 4 video game God of War . McCreary won an Emmy for his main title of Da Vinci's Demons . His most recent Emmy nomination was in 2015 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for season one of Outlander .
McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington. He is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii. His brother, Brendan McCreary, is also a musician. Bear has directed and produced several music videos for Brendan's band, Young Beautiful in a Hurry. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1997.
He is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist. He studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein during which time he reconstructed and reorchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun . Their collaboration allowed for the complete score to be available as a soundtrack album for the first time in 40 years.
In 2003, McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the three-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica . When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full-time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, six Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim and commercial success. The soundtracks for seasons two and three ranked amongst Amazon.com's Top 30 Music Sales on their first days of release.
McCreary provided the score for the series Human Target (based on the comic book of the same name). The pilot episode and main theme score had been recorded with a full orchestra. The series has the distinction of having one of the largest orchestras on television.
The score to the finale of season one, "Christopher Chance", used the largest orchestra ever assembled for episodic television, and he took the opportunity to rerecord the main title theme with a new orchestration with this larger ensemble.
McCreary has composed the soundtrack for each of the 5 seasons (2015-) of Outlander with the main title being sung by long time collaborator and partner, Raya Yarbrough. McCreary was nominated for an Emmy for the song "Sassenach" in 2015. McCreary and Yarbrough have gained may admirers for their work on this show.
McCreary served as orchestral producer for the rock opera Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem airing on Adult Swim on October 27, 2013. This is a continuation of the Metalocalypse universe following the band Dethklok. The music features a 50-piece orchestra. The soundtrack was released on October 29, 2013.
McCreary made his theatrical feature film scoring debut with Step Up 3D and has scored several direct-to-video features, including Rest Stop , Rest Stop: Don't Look Back , and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End .
Bear has scored three films with director Joe Lynch (of Wrong Turn 2), the latest being Everly which includes "Silent Night", a duet with his spouse, Raya Yarbrough. McCreary's latest feature film scores are for The Cloverfield Paradox , released February 4, 2018, Tau in 2018, and then 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Child's Play .
McCreary made an eight-bit rendition of the Dark Void theme, which was, originally, an April fools joke. However, the theme was used for the prequel, Dark Void Zero. He composed all the songs in an eight-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.
McCreary also performed with his orchestra band live at Sony's E3 2016 press conference throughout the show and composed the score of the new God of War game.
McCreary married singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough in 2010. They have collaborated on the music of Battlestar Galactica, ‘’Outlander’’, Defiance, Da Vinci's Demons, among other projects. Their daughter Sonatine, named after the musical term sonatina , was born on June 2, 2014.
McCreary credits composers Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Shirley Walker as being key to his growing up adoring film music. They were his heroes while he was growing up. Contemporary composers including Hans Zimmer continue to inspire McCreary's growth.
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Cheryl Dunye||Additional music|
Score composed by Richard Gibbs
|Johnson Family Vacation||Christopher Erskin|
|2006||Rest Stop||John Shiban|
|2007||Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||Joe Lynch|
|2008||Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||Shawn Papazian|
|2010||Step Up 3D||Jon M. Chu|
|2011||Chillerama||Joe Lynch||Segment: "Zom-B Movie"|
|2013||Europa Report||Sebastián Cordero|
|Knights of Badassdom||Joe Lynch||Provided Vocals for Joe's singing voice|
|2014||Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie||Kevin Finn|
|AVGN themes by Kyle Justin|
|2016||The Forest||Jason Zada|
|The Boy||William Brent Bell||Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||Dan Trachtenberg||Nominated- HMMA Award for Best Original Song in a Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film |
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year
|2017||Unrest||Jennifer Brea||Documentary film|
|Rebel in the Rye||Danny Strong|
|Animal Crackers||Tony Bancroft|
|Happy Death Day||Christopher Landon|
|2018||The Cloverfield Paradox||Julius Onah|
|I Still See You||Scott Speer|
|2019||Happy Death Day 2U||Christopher Landon|
|The Professor and the Madman||Farhad Safinia|
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Michael Dougherty||Godzilla themes by Akira Ifukube |
Mothra themes by Yūji Koseki
|Rim of the World||McG|
|Child's Play||Lars Klevberg||1988's Child's Play remake|
|2020||Fantasy Island||Jeff Wadlow|
|2004–09||Battlestar Galactica||71 episodes|
|2008–09||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||31 episodes|
Terminator themes by Brad Fiedel
|2010||Human Target||12 episodes|
|2010–present||The Walking Dead||131 episodes|
|2011||The Cape||10 episodes|
|2012||Day Break||5 episodes|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome||10 episodes|
|2013||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem|| Television film |
Composed with Brendon Small
|Da Vinci's Demons||28 episodes|
|2013–present||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||106 episodes|
|2014–17||Black Sails||38 episodes|
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
The Omen themes by Jerry Goldsmith
|Black Mirror||Episode: "Playtest"|
|2017–18||Electric Dreams||3 episodes|
|2018||Into the Dark||Episode: "Pooka"|
|2010||Dark Void Zero|
|Dark Void||Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for Interactive Media|
|2011||SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs|
|2015||Assassin's Creed Syndicate||Jack the Ripper DLC|
Composed with Austin Wintory
|2018||God of War||Nominated- The Game Award for Best Score Soundtrack |
Nominated- HMMA Award for Best Original Score in a Video Game
|The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano||September 13, 2011||BSX||CD, download|
|Rest Stop: Dead Ahead||November 28, 2006||Plan R||CD, download|
|Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||September 18, 2007||La-La Land||CD|
|Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||October 21, 2008||La-La Land||CD, download|
|Chillerama Presents Zom-B-Movie Soundtrack||November 23, 2011||BSX||CD, download|
|Europa Report||August 2, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Knights of Badassdom||February 11, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie||September 2, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||Download, Blu-ray|
|Everly||January 20, 2015||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|The Forest||January 8, 2016||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|The Boy||January 22, 2016||Lakeshore Records||CD, download|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||March 11, 2016||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||December 7, 2016||Mondo/Sparks and Shadows||Vinyl|
|Colossal||April 7, 2017||Lakeshore Records||CD, download|
|Rebel in the Rye||September 8, 2017||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Unrest||September 22, 2017||Sparks and Shadows||download|
|Happy Death Day||October 13, 2017||Back Lot Music||CD, download|
|Revolt||October 13, 2017||Lakeshore Records||download|
|The Cloverfield Paradox||February 5, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Hell Fest||September 28, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||download|
|I Still See You||October 12, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||download|
|Welcome Home||November 16, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||Download|
|Happy Death Day 2U||February 13, 2019||Back Lot Music||Download|
|The Professor and the Madman||May 10, 2019||Sparks and Shadows||CD, Download|
|Rim of the World||May 24, 2019||BMG||Download|
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters||May 31, 2019||WaterTower Music/Sparks and Shadows||CD, Download|
|Child's Play||June 21, 2019||N/A||N/A|
|Battlestar Galactica||March 16, 2004||La-La Land||CD (credited for 8 tracks)|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season One||June 21, 2005||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season 2||June 20, 2006||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season 3||October 23, 2007||La-La Land||CD|
|Eureka||August 26, 2008||La-La Land||CD|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||December 23, 2008||La-La Land||CD, download|
|Caprica (pilot episode)||June 16, 2009||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season 4||July 28, 2009||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor||February 23, 2010||La-La Land||CD, download|
|Human Target: Season 1||October 8, 2010||WaterTower, La-La Land||CD, download|
|The Cape||September 27, 2011||La-La Land||CD|
|A Very Eureka Christmas: Original Holiday Soundtrack||November 20, 2012||Back Lot||Download|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome||March 12, 2013||La-La Land||CD|
|Da Vinci's Demons||May 28, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Defiance||June 17, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||Download|
|Caprica||July 30, 2013||La-La Land||CD|
|The World of Steam: The Clockwork Heart||November 20, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||Download|
|Black Sails||January 28, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Da Vinci's Demons – Season 2||May 27, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||CD, Download|
|Outlander, Vol. 1||February 10, 2015||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||September 4, 2015||Hollywood Records||CD, download|
|Outlander, Vol. 2||September 25, 2015||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Da Vinci's Demons – Season 3||November 3, 2015||Sparks and Shadows||CD, Download|
|Outlander, Season 2||October 28, 2016||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|The Walking Dead||October 20, 2017||Lakeshore Records||CD, download|
|Outlander, Season 3||February 9, 2018||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Outlander, Season 4||May 31, 2019||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, download|
|Dark Void||February 9, 2010||Sumthing Else||CD, download|
|SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||April 12, 2011||Sony, La-La Land||CD, download|
|Moon Breakers||June 19, 2012||Conan the Furky||Download|
|Defiance||April 2, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||Download|
|Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper||December 15, 2015||Ubisoft Music||Download (EP)|
|God of War||April 13, 2018||Sony Classical||CD, download|
|"You Are My Home"(featuring Brendan McCreary)||2012|
|"Da Vinci's Demons"(Main Title Theme)||2013||Da Vinci's Demons: Original Television Soundtrack|
|"I Forever" (Young Beautiful in a Hurry & Bear McCreary)||2013|
|"Maverick Regeneration"||2011||Various artists||Play For Japan: The Album|
|"Main Title Theme Song" (Unkle Remix)||2013||Various artists||The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1|
|N/A||2013||Dethklok||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera Soundtrack||Orchestra|
|2009||ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series||Eureka||Won|
|2009||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Caprica||Nominated|
|2009||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Battlestar Galactica||Won|
|2010||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Human Target||Won|
|2010||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media||Dark Void||Nominated|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Human Target||Nominated|
|2011||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media||SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||Nominated|
|2013||ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series||The Walking Dead||Won|
|2013||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Da Vinci's Demons||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Da Vinci's Demons||Won|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Black Sails||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series||Outlander||Nominated|
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