It’s bittersweet getting to the end of every Sound Beat episode. Bitter because our time together is nearly over, but made so sweet by that Sound Beat Theme. We’re beyond fortunate to have had David Wolfert compose the piece for us.
David is a Grammy and Emmy nominated composer, arranger, songwriter, orchestrator, producer and instrumentalist who has worked in all areas of music, including film, records, advertising and television.
Here’s the complete theme. We get to use about ten seconds of it, and as you read a bit more about this man’s career below, you might see why editing the piece was a bit nervewracking.
David’s songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston (“I Believe in You and Me”), Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Murphy, the Four Tops, Cher, Julio Iglesias Jr. and many others, and appear on the Greatest Hits collections of Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, and Dolly Parton. His song, “Stand Up” was recently used by the United Nations Millenium project as the centerpiece of an event that rallied over 173 million people all over the world to demand that their leaders live up to 12 basic goals set by the UN. David has also worked as an arranger. producer and guitarist with many icons of the music business, including Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Peter Criss, Jimmy Cliff. Johnny Cash, Harry Nilsson, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Brenda Russel, Don Covay, Dr. John and many others.(for a more complete listing, please go to allmusicguide.com.)
Some of David’s recent film scores include ” True Bromance (2012), “Smash His Camera,” a 2010 Sundance Selection, “Dale” (Paramount/CMT) one of the biggest selling sports-themed DVDs of all time, “Montana Meth (HBO) “The Ride of Their Lives,” Petty Blue (2010 Release) and “Together” (Nascar Media Group).
David’s recent television work includes the theme music for The Katie Couric Show (ABC), Fuse News (Fuse), Poker After Dark and Heads Up Poker, both on NBC. He wrote the theme for ‘Pokémon,’ currently airing on the Cartoon Network and in 70 countries, and the theme for Extreme Trains, on the History channel His catalog also includes music for NFL Football, Nascar, The Martha Stewart Show, Bringing Home Baby, Nascar 360 and the logo music for MSNBC, Procter and Gamble Productions and New Line Television. He created the theme and additional scoring for NBC’s ‘The Chris Matthews Show,’ the theme for ‘Professional Bull Riders’ and ‘Notre Dame Football’ on NBC Sports, music for the highly acclaimed PBS program ‘Egg the Arts Show,’ the theme and library for ‘Flashpoints,’ Bryant Gumbel’s show on PBS . He has composed many promos for NBC Nightly News, Showtime, and the Discovery Channel. He has also written the theme for the Nickelodeon series, ‘The Animorphs’ and scored the ‘Upfront’ presentations for the Discovery Channel and for NBC Networks.
David has also written music for well over a thousand Television and Radio commercials, for virtually every major advertiser. And he’s won more Clio Awards (2) than Don Draper (1).
He is the Composer/Music Director for Goodpenny, a creative boutique came up of equal parts editorial, visual effects and musical talent, and serves on the Advisory board of Songs of Love, a charity that composes personalized songs for chronically and terminally ill children.
David lives in New York and has studios in New York City and Bridgehampton, Long Island.