New York City-based PT Walkley is a composer for film and television, and has also released a string of critically acclaimed albums
Like many modern composers, his early days were spent in bands, traversing the NYC rock club circuit. A chance encounter with actor/director Edward Burns at a Lower East Side guitar shop led to the two becoming fast friends, and to Walkley becoming Burns’ go-to composer for a decade and counting. Their most recent collaboration is Burns’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘60s cop drama Public Morals, for which Walkley composes all original songs and score.
Walkley has recently composed original songs and score for Jigsaw Productions’ documentary Spring Broke, and romantic comedy The Wilde Wedding, starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Minnie Driver. He is currently composing original songs and score for Lez Bomb, starring Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Steve Guttenberg, and Kevin Pollak. An adventurous composer, Walkley writes all of the music and voices several characters for Nickelodeon series Team Umizoomi and has crafted original songs for Nick Jr.’s Wallykazam, and PBS’ Sesame Street.
Walkley’s first foray into the commercial world was Dewar’s licensing his song “Up The Walls” . The propulsive track captured the ears of advertising execs, and Walkley has since landed numerous National TV Commercials including Nike, Mercedes, Pepsi, MasterCard, Budweiser, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, New York Life, Starbucks and many more.
Mr. Macy Wakes Alone, Walkley’s orch-pop concept album, features collaborations with Sean Lennon, guitarist Larry Campbell, and string arranger David Campbell. Walkley received high praise for the record, NPR calling it “shining and triumphant”, and Atlanta Music Guide describing it as “the art of storytelling brought back to life.”
The three releases that followed (What’s What, The Ghost of Chivalry, and Thriller), received continued acclaim, The Wall Street Journal calling Walkley “a power-pop singer-songwriter in the tradition of David Bowie, Alex Chilton, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney.”
Walkley’s latest LP, Shoulders, is rooted in indie rock, with a heavy dose of classic R&B, and marks his most personal work to date. The dichotomy of hope and mourning is explored through the warm texture of “Leeches” and the blistering “Sirens”. He muses on death, rebirth, and the importance of family and friendship.
Though Walkley’s full-time composer gig makes touring virtually impossible, his live bona fides include opening for Coldplay at Madison Square Garden, for Weezer at Hammerstein Ballroom, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and grabbing a slot at the last All Points West Music & Arts Festival.
PT Walkley’s vast and diverse catalogue showcases an ability to span and blend genres, making it possible to score a film, a commercial, a cop show and a kids show all in the same week.
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