Nov 28, 2013, 01:35

Location: York, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Member since: July 24, 2010

Tracks in portfolio on 57 (click here to hear all tracks)


Michael Crowther is an award-winning composer / multi-instrumentalist specializing in a wide variety of instrumental styles renowned for his dramatic and emotional qualities. Coming from a musical family, Michael began playing music at the age of four and is proficient on several different instruments. With an extensive catalog of unique original compositions in a broad array of moods, his music has been used in feature films, television and various multi-media productions. Michael’s music encompasses a variety of genres including new age, classical, electronica, acoustic, jazz, world, lush orchestral compositions, cinematic soundscapes and romantic themes.

High Profile projects or clients you have worked for?

NBC Sports, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Nissan, PBS

Primary instrument?—Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?

I mostly use keyboards for composing, but also incorporate a wide variety of instruments including electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, assorted percussion, drums and various world instruments. I play all of the instruments on my productions.

Piece of gear or software you wished you owned?

A Steinway grand piano

Film score or song you admire? Why?

Lately, I’ve been listening to the score for “Finding Neverland” composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and starring Johnny Depp. It has a great blend of classical and new age styles that creates a wonderful fantasy-like atmosphere. Really great piano work as well.

If you had a time machine and could record or perform once with any artist, who would it be?

Henry Mancini. He was a huge influence on my composing and inspired me to keep reaching to be prolific and compose in many different styles.

Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

I was just born into it. I come from a musical family and started playing music when I was 5 years old. I began performing in bars and nightclubs when I was 11.

Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?

Study a wide variety of styles and practice like crazy to get your chops sharp. If seeking a film career, be versatile composing in many styles and record 60 and 30-second versions of your tracks. On the technical side, learn the latest gear and software needed to build your own studio and become as independent as possible. On the business end, learn everything you can about music marketing, publishing, licensing and join a Performance Rights Organization like ASCAP or BMI. Also sign up with Sound Exchange for online royalties. There’s much more to it, but this is a basic start. Most of all, if you really believe in your work, don’t ever give up no matter how many years it takes to start generating income from your music. Perseverance and positive thinking will always win out. Stay focused.

Five songs or albums you’d take with you on a desert island?

–“Finding Neverland” Soundtrack

– “Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone”

– Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”

– Return to Forever “Romantic Warrior”

– The Beatles “Abbey Road”

If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

The violin. I believe it is the most expressive instrument other than the human voice.

Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

Early morning.

Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.

When The Moon Beckons

Alley Cat

Ghosts In The Twilight 30sec

House Of Marionettes

Silly Comedy

We thank Michael for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing his tracks to, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. Michael’s music is anything but stock music. This is unique indie music. If you need new age, classical, electronica, acoustic, jazz, world, lush orchestral compositions, cinematic soundscapes and romantic themes, give Michael’s music a listen.


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of, a royalty-free music marketplace with nearly 28,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

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