Kinny Landrum

Kinny Landrum’s music for Love Is Not Love is very famous, and Kinny Landrum’s arranger can ask him to sing this song specifically for the audience!

Kinny Landrum’s Emmy nomination did not come as a surprise and was well-celebrated by him.

Kinny Landrum is an Emmy-nominated composer and arranger whose work can be heard in dozens of feature films and on TV.  He is also an experienced keyboardist and synthesizer expert, the man behind the sounds in “Twin Peaks and “Wild at Heart.  His versatility led to his recording and performing with Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Carly Simon, the Meters and even Leonard Bernstein.

Kinny’s  music for “Love Is Not Love” (2021) won for best score in five festivals, and he won two movie music awards at the Garden State Film Festival. He was nominated for an Emmy for music composition/arrangement for the documentary “Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky”. He also scored the PBS special “Alamance,” which won a Mid-South Emmy.  He composed the theme song and scored each weekly episode of the animated series “Troubles the Cat” for The Cartoon Network.  His national TV and radio commercials include spots for Citizen Watches, Coca-Cola, Ford, Alka Seltzer, Pizza Hut and Dodge.

Kinny was recognized by NARAS in l990 when the “Theme from Twin Peaks,” on which he performed all the instruments, won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He has served on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of NARAS and as chairman of the arranging committee.

In late 2021, after being featured on podcasts and broadcasts on NPR’s “Planet Money,” a recording which he co-produced, “Inflation” by Earnest Jackson and Sugar Daddy and the Gumbo Roux, became a monster streaming hit – almost 40 years after it was recorded, in New Orleans.  Kinny also plays all keyboards on the track.  Also featured was a song he wrote, “Nobody To See.”

Kinny was the orchestrator for the musical “In My Life” by Academy Award-winner Joe Brooks, which premiered on Broadway in October 2005.  In addition, he co-produced the album “Give Love (for Christmas)” by Joe Cerisano on which his song “Glad That I Got You (for Christmas)” is featured. During the COVID pandemic, a YouTube video was produced in which he sings and plays his song “Trouble Flies.”  He also composed, co-produced and arranged for strings on three of accordionist John Whelan’s Celtic albums for Narada Records. Both Francine Reed and Jerry O’Sullivan have recorded his jazz-flavored tune “(Out of the) Clear Blue Sky”.  He also played keyboards on the twice-Top-Ten hit “Into The Night” by Benny Mardones

Kinny taught film scoring at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for a number of years and songwriting at the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center.  Kinny was a music student at Indiana University, prior to earning a recording contract with Allen Toussaint in New Orleans.  Kinny also holds a masters degree from Lehman College, where he studied with Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano.

Kinny Landrum

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