Benson Taylor

Benson Taylor
Music Week in 2013
Background information
Birth name Mark Davison
Born (1983-09-10) 10 September 1983 (age 30)
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Genres Film score, classical, Classical-crossover, Hip hop, Trip hop
Occupations Composer, songwriter
Instruments Piano, trumpet, guitar
Years active 2005-present
Labels EMI, Imagem, Fairwood Music, Universal Music Group
Associated acts Erica Mou, Camille Purcell, Hummie Mann, Mark Mancina, John Rodd, Ken Duro Ifill, Unkle

Benson Taylor (born Mark Davison, 10 September 1983, Bradford) is an English composer and songwriter who has produced music for film, television and video games.[1][2]

In November 2011, Taylor was styled as the “New Sound of Hollywood” by MovieScope Magazine in their 24th issue.[3]

Life and career

Born in the UK, Benson Taylor attended film composition classes at UCLA in California. His professional career began at the age of 21, as a jingles writer for television commercials. He has written scores for television shows broadcasting worldwide, including Two and a Half Men, 30 Rock and 90210, as well as scores for Super Bowl XLIII (2009) Super Bowl XLIV (2010) Super Bowl XLV (2011) Super Bowl XLVI (2013) Super Bowl XLVII (2013).[1][3] He also writes original music for advertising campaigns, including one with Cee Lo Green for the Las Vegas Tourist Board.[4]

In July 2013, Taylor announced, via twitter, that his music will feature in the new cult US television show Breaking Amish which is aired on TLC, and also in the Netflix exclusive broadcast of Orange Is The New Black.

Taylor has also contributed to the scores of feature films for both television and theater release.[5] Taylor himself has also written music exclusively for use in movie trailers that did not appear in the films themselves, including Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Blind Side, The Expendables, Twilight Saga: New Moon and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[3] In 2011 he co-composed the score for the West End production of the play Many Moons, and traveled to Budapest, Hungary to record orchestras performing his works.[4][6]

In 2012 Taylor founded the production music label Insidious Music, producing music for film, television, and video games. Insidious is distributed by Universal Music.[7]

Taylor is a trustee of the Bradford section of the homeless charity Emmaus UK. He is also a professional member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).[8]

In June 2013, Independent Music Publishers


Film Scores

Year Title Role
2007 Brooklyn Rules Composer - Additional Music
2008 Deadly Pursuit Composer
2008 Spirits of the Fall Composer
2009 Hellbilly 58 Composer
2009 New Friend Request Composer
2010 Cocaine Saints Composer
2011 The Story of Respect Co-composer
2013 Haunted Composer - Additional Music
2013 Fear of Water Composer

TV Scores

Year Title Role
2005 ITV 50 Greatest Shows Composer - Additional Music
2006 How Not to Decorate Composer - Additional Music
2006 Planet Earth Composer - Additional Music
2006 It Started with... Swap Shop Composer
2006-2009 Handy Manny Composer - Additional Music
2007 Bakugan Battle Brawlers Composer
2007 Kitchen Nightmares Composer
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Composer - Additional Music
2007 George of the Jungle Composer - Additional Music
2007 Ross Kemp on Gangs Composer
2008 I'd Do Anything Composer
2008 The Disney Channel Games Composer
2008 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? Composer - Additional Music
2008 Hollyoaks Later Composer - Additional Music
2009 Super Bowl XLIII Composer - Additional Music
2009 Come Dine with Me Composer - Additional Music
2009 90210 Composer - Additional Music
2009 2009 MTV Movie Awards Composer - Additional Music
2009 The Tyler Perry Show Composer - Additional Music
2009 30 Rock Composer - Additional Music
2009 Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live Composer - Additional Music
2010 Super Bowl XLIV Composer - Additional Music
2010 Food Revolution Composer
2010 Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 5 Composer - Additional Music
2010 The 100 Greatest Stand Ups 2010 Composer
2010 The Ricky Gervais Show Composer
2010 Election 2010: Who Governs? Composer
2010 The Eurovision Song Contest Composer - Additional Music
2010 Glastonbury 2010 Composer
2011 The Big Bang Theory Composer
2011 9/11: 10 Years Later Composer
2011 Super Bowl XLV Composer - Additional Music
2011 The Eurovision Song Contest Composer - Additional Music
2011 2011 MTV Movie Awards Composer - Additional Music
2012 Woody Allen - The Documentary Composer - Additional Music
2012 Unusual Suspects Composer
2012 Super Bowl XLVI Composer
2013 Unusual Suspects Composer
2013 X Factor USA Composer
2013 The Big Bang Theory Composer
2013 Dancing With the Stars Composer
2013 Super Bowl XLVII Composer
2013 Orange Is The New Black Composer
2013 Breaking Amish Composer
2013 Dirty Little Lies Composer
2013 Final Cut Composer

Video Games

Year Title Role
2009 CSI: Deadly Intent Composer - Additional Music
2009 Football Manager 2010 Composer - Additional Music


External links

  • Official Website
  • Benson Taylor at the Internet Movie Database
  • Insidious Music
  • Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd
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