Two-time GRAMMY® and Emmy-nominated musician Jeff Russo has become a prominent composer, songwriter and arranger in the film and television industry. Russo recently received an Emmy nomination for his music on FX’s hit series FARGO, one of the most Emmy-nominated shows of 2014, and has already finished writing for FARGO’s year 2. Jeff also composes the score for Starz’s original drama, POWER, from executive producer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and just completed co-composing the WGN America drama, Manhattan with cellist Zoë Keating. Later this year, he is slated to begin work on the upcoming mini-series, Crime, starring John Turturo.
In addition to composing music for film and television, Russo still plays music with his rock band. He is a founding member, lead guitarist and co-songwriter of two-time GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, TONIC. Their debut album, “Lemon Parade,” posted three singles in the U.S. Mainstream rock Charts’ Top 10, with “If You Could Only See,” rocketing to number one. In 2003, the band received two GRAMMY®-nominations, one for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Take Me As I Am,” and one for “Best Rock Album.”
Recently, Russo composed the score for Spike’s television mini-series drama, Tut, starring Ben Kingsley, and co-wrote the original score for A&E Network’s The Returned, again, teaming with Zoë Keating. In 2013, he also worked on several feature films, including Shoreline Entertainment’s WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS, starring Laura Bell Bundy, and the independent feature, FREE RIDE, starring Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet and Drea de Mateo. Russo’s work can also be heard in films and television shows such as Marvista Entertainment’s film BAD BEHAVIOR; the independent feature ABOUT CHERRY; Lifetime’s MEET JANE; the pilot for ABC’s CHARLIE’S ANGELS; Showtime’s SHAMELSS episode, “It’s Time to Kill the Turtle”; ABC’s MY GENERATION and THE UNUSUALS; a documentary featuring interviews of the original students and teachers of the 1967 “Third Wave Experiment,” LESSON PLAN; and ABC/Bad Robot’s main title song for WHAT ABOUT BRIAN with Low Stars. Russo has also contributed to the score for Showtime’s WEEDS; a rap song for ABC’s hit-series CASTLE; score for NBC’s SMASH; and NBC’s final season of CROSSING JORDAN and debut season of THE BIONIC WOMAN, both under renowned composers, Wendy & Lisa. Tonic’s music has also been featured in films such as, Universal Pictures’ AMERICAN PIE and Dimension Films’ SCREAM 2.
In addition to scoring film and television, Russo has composed music for the New York Ballet Company Cedarlake Ensemble.