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 recently composed all of the music for Jigsaw Productions’ latest documentary, Spring Broke, currently airing on Showtime. He is also composing the original score for Wilde Wedding, a romantic comedy starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Minnie Driver. An adventurous composer, Walkley writes all of the music and voices several characters for hit 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 off Walkley’s first solo release, PT Walkley and the Adventures of Track Rabbit, captured the ears of advertising execs around the world, and Walkley has since composed original music for and lent his songs to 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 dense, orchestral 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.”
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.
Walkley’s latest LP, Shoulders, marks his most personal work to date. Teaming up with Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning producer Bill Sherman, Walkley delivers an inspired song cycle rooted in indie rock, with a heavy dose of classic R&B. 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 through the 13 tracks of Shoulders, a witty and meticulously structured power pop gem.
PT Walkley’s vast and diverse catalogue showcases an ability to span and blend different genres, and a mind capable of mining the human condition and of scoring a film, a commercial, a cop show and a kids show all in the same week.
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