EMMY nominated composer James S. Levine has established himself as a preeminent talent in television scoring. His diverse projects span across all genres, and have bolstered the success of many hit shows. At TNT, Levine is a household name, currently scoring “Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, “Major Crimes,” starring Mary McDonnell, and the highly acclaimed “The Last Ship,” starring Eric Dane. In “The Last Ship,” Levine brings together dark tones and intense percussion to invigorate this hit post-apocalyptic military drama. This year, he will be scoring the upcoming second season of Netflix’s “Bloodline,” starring Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn.
James has also composed the music for many other hit series including the first three seasons of FX's "American Horror Story" franchise, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2014 for “AHS: Coven," "Nip/Tuck," starring Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh, and "Damages," starring Glen Close and Rose Byrne, Fox's "Glee," starring Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, TNT's "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick, and USA Network's "Royal Pains," starring Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo.
James's education and career began in Boston where he attended Tufts University, while also studying with renowned instructor Craig Najjar. It was there that he gained recognition as a pianist, musical director and advertising composer. His passion for scoring film and television brought James to Los Angeles where he began work with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. This mentorship and collaboration led to James composing additional music for films such as "Pearl Harbor," "Something's Gotta Give," "Madagascar" and a co-scoring credit for Gore Verbinski's "The Weatherman." Since 2001, James has been honored by ASCAP and BMI with over 20 film and television music awards, including those for most performed underscore. In 2011, James founded the "Law and Audio" production music brand with Extreme Music and Sony.
Levine's music can also be heard in NBC's "The Blacklist," "Ironside," "Do No Harm," "The New Normal," CBS's "NCIS: Los Angeles," TNT's "Raising the Bar," Sony/TriStar's "Running with Scissors," and Warner Bros.' "The In-Laws.”