Music City Scoring Composer for Film

Neal Merrick Blackwood 

Neal Merrick Blackwood is Music City Scoring’s co owner, founder, producer, music composer, contractor, conductor and arranger. He has over 40 years experience as an in demand film and music composer. Additionally, he has an extensive Grammy Award-winning background in production, recording engineering, composition and arranging. He is a classical musician, composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger and producer. Music City Scoring offers scoring, solo instrumentalists, choral groups (adults and children), the Music City Orchestra, string sections, woodwind sections, brass sections, percussionists, pianists, world instruments, solo vocalists, vocal coaching, recording engineering, mastering engineering, mix engineering and complete overall production services.

Grammy Award Winning Music

Through the years, Neal has worked under numerous world-renowned Grammy Award winning production teams and recording studios. His compositions are distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group and Merrick Music. Concurrently, Neal has been a voting member of NARAS (The Recording Academy/Grammy Awards). As a result, he has served as part of the NARAS Producers & Engineers Wing for many years. He has also been a great supporter of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) and is a member of AFM (American Federation of Musicians) Local 257

Music Production Clients

Neal Merrick Blackwood has worked with artists and clients that include: PBS, BBCThe Walt Disney Company, Paisley Park RecordsThe Suzuki Method, Warner Classics, Universal Music Group, Decca Records, The Olympic Games, Apple inc., Grammy Award winning artist Bill MizeGrammy Award winning artist Miriam Stockley, Award winning Scottish artist Julie Fowlis, Grammy Award winning Fox Lima (Enigma), Grammy Award winning Nashville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Centaur Records classical recording artist Margaret Cornils Luke, etc. 

Film Scoring Business Manager

Taryn Merrick Blackwood 

Taryn Merrick Blackwood is Music City Scoring’s co owner,  production coordinator and the vice president of operations. She has years of extensive experience in business management in the media industry and the fine arts. Not to mention, she has worked with the Oprah Network and 3 symphony conductors. Through her business Merrick Management And Media Services, she handles the administrative needs for Music City Scoring and our recording orchestra. Additional responsibilities include scheduling and all project management affairs for Music City Scoring. Because our goal is excellence, we are always monitoring progress. As a result, we are on the job from inception to the final delivery of the finished masters.

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Joel Christian Goffin 

Joel Christian Goffin is an American film composer and music producer. Most notably, he has composed music for a number of feature films, documentaries, video games, and commercials including the first African International Film Festival Trailer. Additionally, he has composed music for such films as “Black November,” “Dead End,” “Cotton,” (Winner, Best Original Score),  “Love Addict,” etc.

Peg Luke Psalm Space

Margaret (Peg) Cornils Luke 

Peg is a sought-after accompanist, music composer and flutist. Peg is a member of AFM Local 257. She is a Music City Scoring adjunct composer, arranger and soloist.

Through the years, Margaret Cornils Luke has performed 11 solo recitals at Carnegie Hall.  She has performed at the National Flute Convention held annually by the National Flute Association. 

Besides those accomplishments she has also soloed with many different orchestras. Margaret has also performed at previous National Flute Conventions and judged the NFA Young Artist competition. The Montana Flute Association named the CedarLuke Young Artist Flute Competition after her. Moreover, Margaret has commissioned works by famous US composers, Gary Schocker and Michael Gilbertson. She premiered her first flute sonata at Merkin Hall (Kaufmann Music Center, NYC) April 2017. 

Current Projects

Margaret is currently working with internationally known music composer, Kenneth Fuchs on his first flute concerto. At the same time, she is working with multiple Grammy Award winning musician, composer, arranger and producer Neal Merrick Blackwood on a special project called “Psalm Space.” Lastly, she has just completed a commission for the vocal group, Perfect Harmony celebrating their 20 years as a group. 

She has a new CD featuring Maestro Christopher Petrie and the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London.

Jack Luke Saxophonist Clarinetist Conductor

Jack Luke

Jack is a Music City Scoring adjunct clarinetist, saxophonist, vocalist, arranger and conductor.

His education includes the University of Iowa and Northwestern University Schools of Music.  His arrangements have been recorded by the University of Iowa and Penn State University Bands.  Influential musical mentors include John Paynter, Frank Piersol, Larry Combs, Clark Brody and Himie Voxman. Jack is a member of AFM Local 257.

For seven years, Jack was the music instructor at Proviso East and Glenbard West High Schools in suburban Chicago.  Moreover, he spent over 30 years conducting in regional music theater.  Other positions that he held include the principal clarinet chair in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Lake Forest and the Northshore Concert Band of Wilmette.

Jack has also played saxophones in big bands throughout the midwest.  Other accomplishments include working as a church musician, cantor and choir master.  Also of note, Jack has recorded on Motown Records sessions and for the Karl King Foundation. 

Ginny Luke Violinist and Vocalist

Ginny Luke

Ginny is a prominently regarded Los Angeles based violinist and singer. Born into a musical family, she began her musical career at age three, beginning training in classical violin, piano and dance in Vilseck, Germany.

As with any successful career, Ginny’s artistic experiences have varied from performing the Mendolssohn Concerto (violin) with the WCFSO Symphony at age 14, to debuting at Carnegie Hall at age 16, to playing with Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Will.I.Am, Snoop Dog, J.Cole, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Amine, Dave Matthews Band, Iggy Azalea, Ruben Studdard and Stevie Wonder (among others). In addition, Ginny has played on the 2016 American Music Awards with Nicki Minaj, Skylar Grey, and Shawn Mendes.

Lucas Sader Guitarist

Lucas Sader

Lucas is a Los Angeles based guitarist, musical director, programmer and producer. Since graduating from Musician’s Institute, Lucas has worked with many world renowned artists and producers. For example,  John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Camilla Cabello, Martin Garrix, Pentatonix, Will Smith, D.R.A.M, TLC, Daniel Caesar, Starley, G-Eazy, Mary J Blige, and Willow Smith, among others. Additionally, Lucas has appeared on TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Today Show, Conan O’Brien Show, Good Morning America, Revolt TV, AXS Live, and E! News.

Moreover, Lucas established himself as a live guitarist and musical director. By the same token, Lucas established his career as a studio musician. What is even more impressive was that Lucas was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Ledisi’s 2017 album “Let Love Rule.” Understandably, his passion for Film and TV has also led to his involvement in Sound Design and TV/Film Scoring for companies such as Syfy and Honda. Lucas is a member of AFM Local 47.

Jeanie Grindstaff

Jeanie is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, actor, and songwriter who has spent the last 17 years building a successful career in Music City. After releasing her independent EP, “Azalea Lane,” Jeanie began working as a session musician in Nashville. From there, she spent several years working on the ABC hit drama, “Nashville.” She has recorded with many artists including Brothers Osborne, Tyrone Wells, and Justin Rosolino. She has worked with Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, and esteemed director, Joseph Kahn. Most recently, Jeanie appeared and sang in Burt Reynolds’ final film, “The Last Movie Star,” starring Reynolds, Chevy Chase, and Ariel Winter. She can also be seen in the critically acclaimed music documentary, “The Last Songwriter.”

Other Performances

Jeanie has performed on the 50th Annual CMA Awards with Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, and Carrie Underwood (among others). In 2017 and 2018, she performed on Country Music Association’s, “Country Christmas” with artists including Trisha Yearwood, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, and Amy Grant.

Film Scoring Elite Talent

Music City Scoring Nashville is composed of world class talent from all over the world. Actually, this page highlights only a few of our team members. Furthermore, we have access to a very wide talent pool. Truly, this enables us to offer the very best to our clients. Additionally, we can offer choices for any type of project. As a result we can cater to film scoring projects with varying budgets. In conclusion, we invite you to read about some upcoming music scoring projectsContact us if you have questions.