Dara Taylor is an HMMA-Nominated composer for film and multimedia based in Los Angeles. She has composed music for a wide variety of genres from Indie comedies, dramas, and thrillers, to the Lifetime reality series Child Genius, and has also worked in the music department for large studio productions like Sausage Party, The Boss, Ride Along 2 and ABC's Agent Carter and Galavant.
Dara, born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in Lockport, NY, spent most of her formative years in gospel church choirs as well as school choruses, bands, and musicals. Primarily a vocalist, she studied classical voice as a Mezzo-Soprano under Judith Kellock at Cornell University. Throughout college Dara became increasingly drawn towards composition and studied independently with Zachary Wadsworth, then Steven Stucky. After graduating cum laude in Music and Psychology from Cornell, Dara went on to study Film Music Composition under Mark Suozzo at New York University where she received a Masters of Music.
In 2015, she was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her score on the film Undetectable.
Dara currently lives in Los Angeles, CA working on multiple independent projects and is highly active in the composing community, doing work for the Society of Composers and Lyricists and Christopher Lennertz.
Name: Dara Taylor
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Music Composer
Ride Along 2
Film by Tim Story (Action and Comedy) Music department As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.
Film by Conrad Vernon (Comedy and Animation) Arranger A raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Written by Miss W J Mcdermott
Television by Stephen McFeely (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Additional Music The war is over and almost everyone has experienced a loss. Agent Peggy Carter has lost the love of her life. To top it off, when billionaire Howard Stark is accused of Treason, he secretly employs her to clear his name. With the help of Stark's butler, she embarks on a crazy journey full of deceit, murder and controversy with a side of wise-cracking roommates. Written by Chris Greenleaf
Television by Dan Fogelman (Comedy and Musical) Music Department Galavant is a dashing knight who is on the quest to reclaim both his reputation and the love of his life, Madalena, who was stolen away from him by the evil King Richard. In this musical comedy TV adventure, Galavant is assisted by Princess Isabella, and Sid, his squire. Meanwhile, King Richard tries to win over the affections of his captured love, Madalena. The show follows Galavant's journeys through medieval times creating countless hilarious twist and turns plus a wealth or original new musical numbers. Written by DeAlan Wilson - www.ComedyE.com
Film (Comedy) Music department A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Music department Still working in her parents' Greek restaurant, Toula Portokalos's daughter Paris is growing up. She is getting ready to graduate high school and Toula and Ian are experiencing marital issues. When Toula's parents find out they were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together? Written by Nanciejeanne
Film (Horror) Composer A group of grad school-level filmmakers scouting locations for a thesis film encounter an old Victorian house rumored to have been a witch coven.
Love (Minus Happiness)
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Film (Comedy) Score Producer A woman with a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she's over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Television by Lifetime (Game-Show) Additional Music Children who have been certified genius from across the nation come together in a competition for a $100,000 college scholarship.
Film (short) by Armand Petri (Thriller) Composer Adam, a gay man living with undetectable HIV, must confront the guilt tormenting him in his dreams after betraying and infecting his now dying ex-lover, Raphael. As Adam sets out to reconnect with Raphael on the anniversary of their diagnosis, he discovers that they have both been living nightmares of their own.
Film (short) by Armand Petri (Drama) Composer
Film (short) by Susan Diol (Drama) Composer There is life through art.
The Wedding Ringer
Film by Jeremy Garelick (Comedy and Romance) Music department Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Television (Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and 1 More) Music department This television drama is about the two Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, who were raised by their father, John, to hunt and kill all things that go "bump in the night" after his wife, Mary, was murdered by an evil supernatural being when the boys were young. 22 years later the brothers set out on a journey, fighting evil along the way, to find their recently missing father who, when they finally meet up with, reveals he knows what killed their mother, a demon, and has found a way to track and kill it. Meanwhile, Sam starts to develop frightening abilities that include death visions, visions of people dying before it actually happens. These visions are somehow connected to the demon who murdered his mother and its mysterious plans that seem to be all about Sam. When their father dies striking a deal with the very same devil that had killed his wife, the brothers, now alone and without their mentor, are determined to finish the crusade their father started. But disturbing revelations ... Written by Rachel B.
Film (short) by Christopher Gooch (Drama) Composer
The Do Over
Film (short) by Juan Pesquera (Comedy, Family and Romance) Composer Anthony and Elizabeth Brown are about to have their 40th anniversary. When an argument overheats and the two express their need to live without the other they are shocked to find out that the priest that married them fifty years ago was never a minister of the church and their marriage was never a real one. Now the two of them venture on to create lives away from each other and live what they consider their "perfect and dreamed" lives away from each other. But as they begin to realize that the world they left behind fifty years ago is not the same they are in right now they begin to feel the inaccuracy and their dependence to each other. Now it is up to John and Pamela Brown to find a way to bring their grandparents out of their misery and adapt to the new world. Written by Anonymous
TV Movie by Armand Petri (Comedy, Fantasy and Horror) Composer A beautiful creature from a mythical land is desperately attempting to be part of our world.
Say It Wisely
Film (short) by Alex Pop (Comedy) Composer Boris finds out he might die soon and also has a problem with himself. He needs to somehow explain this to Loris, his husband. He tries hard and finally he succeeds in a creative way.
Horrible Bosses 2
Film by Sean Anders (Comedy and Crime) Music department Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. Written by SantaClaus
Film (short) by Manav Wadhwa (Comedy and Horror) Composer Tis' holiday season it will be nothing but lumps of bloody coal from Santa
Tujunga Horror Story
Television (Crime, Horror and Romance) Composer A young couple struggling with their relationship and a secret from their past seeks a new beginning by relocating to a restored 1920's home in the quiet suburb of Tujunga, California. Unbeknownst to them, their new home conceals dark secrets of its own. Written by Tujunga Horror Story
Film (short) by Arthur Taylor (Drama) Composer
Hollywood Music in Media Award - Best Original Score - Short - Nominee
New York University (New York, NY)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)