Randy Edelman grew up in Teaneck New Jersey, where he studied piano from an early age and performed many recitals in the area. After high school graduation he enrolled at the Cincinnati Music Conservatory where he majored in piano and composition. While in Cincinnati he began freelancing as a music arranger at James Brown’s King Records and writing original music for regional theater.
Upon graduation Randy headed back to New York where he signed on as a staff writer at CBS April Blackwood Music. He began playing piano in Broadway pit orchestras and continued following his interest as a music arranger. While out on the road working as a Music Director for many entertainers Randy began writing both his own music and lyrics with an eye toward doing his own albums, this began a decade of producing and writing solo albums.
Through these albums Randy appeared as the opening solo act for such bands as The Carpenters and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. His songs then began being recorded by popular recording artists, like Barry Manilow (“Weekend In New England”), Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension, Jackie DeShannon, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kool & The Gang, Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA), and Bing Crosby to name a few. Subsequent success of his records in the United Kingdom led to appearances on the Top of the Pops, concerts at the London Palladium and Drury Lane Theaters, and tours throughout Europe, Japan and Australia.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles Randy became interested in using his background as a classical musician and arranger to pursue his interest in film scoring. In between recording albums he began scoring several television and feature films. His TV scoring work included MacGyver, Maximum Security, Mr. Sunshine, Brisco County Jr. as well as children’s projects such as PBS Wonderworks, The Care Bears album and several award-winning After School Specials.
After dealing in the “short form” of pop songs Edelman found film work liberating and decided to devote his full time to composing music for motion pictures. He has now composed over 100 scores for film and television.
His scores have been performed by such symphonies as Boston Pops, Charleston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others. His score from “The Last Of The Mohicans” was nominated for both the British Academy Award and the Golden Globe. Having written NBC’s NFL Football Theme, ESPN’s Sports Century documentary series theme, and the on-air Olympic theme for NBC Randy’s themes have become a backbone of sports broadcasts. His scores have opened the Super Bowl and closed the Olympic broadcast for which he received an Emmy Award.
In 2003 Randy received BMI’s highest honor, the Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement. In June 2004 Randy Edelman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati along with 3 other distinguished honorees from various fields, including Coretta Scott King. In 2005 Randy had his highest charting record with Nelly’s “My Place.” It reached #1 on Billboard’s Rap and Hip Hop charts, and #4 on the Pop chart. In 2007, Edelman was nominated by the IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) for “Best Original Score For Television” for ABC’s mini-series “The Ten Commandments.”
He scored Disney’s live action “Underdog,” Focus Features “Balls Of Fury,” Fox’s “27 Dresses,” and Universal’s “Mummy 3, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”; his song, “Weekend in New England,” was featured in the smash hit film “Paul Blart, Mall Cop” and in 2010 he scored Leap Year in London starring Amy Adams.
He traveled giving film scoring seminars in Tel Aviv, Israel, at Spain’s Ubeda Music Festival (where he conducted his Dragon Trilogy) and at the Sundance Institute chaired by Robert Redford. In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Spirit Award, named in honor of Jerry Goldsmith, for “Leap Year,” as Best Comedy Score. His album of new original songs “THE PACIFIC FLOW TO ABBEY ROAD” was released by Cherry Red Records in the UK and Varese Sarabande Records in the US.
In January of 2013, Edelman conducted a concert showcasing many of his film scores with the CCM Philharmonic Orchestra. Before the concert he was presented with the 2013 Kautz Alumni Masters Award by President Santa Ono for being the year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati. That same year, at long last, Warner Records released songs that he produced for Dionne Warwick.
Randy helped soundtrack label Varese Sarabande celebrate their 35th anniversary at a Halloween Gala concert in which he conducted the Golden State Pops Symphony in several original concert pieces, amongst them was Edelman’s own “The Call to Adventure” from the Mummy 3, which coincidently closes the new 35th Anniversary CD from Varese of recent great movie scores from the last few years.
In 2014 Randy celebrated the 20th anniversary of NBC using his on air theme for the Olympics, with the Winter Games from Sochi, Russia. In 2014 he received the BMI Spotlight Award for this theme.
In 2015 the Long Island International Film Expo awarded Randy their “Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Scoring and Composition.” In 2016 he scored the Jennifer Lopez thriller “The Boy Next Door” for Universal. He followed that with 2 independent features; the first being a religious tale titled “Leaves of The Tree” and the second being a boxing drama called “Back in The Day”. At the start of 2017 Randy composed the music for the MGM sequel feature entitled: “Max 2-White House Hero”, and he looks forward to continuing his work in the future.