James Newberry is an award winning film composer who has found work through numerous relationships with creative filmmakers and storytellers. His approach to scoring to picture and unique voice has allowed him to work on features and Oscar-eligible short films that have reached top-tier film festivals around the world (Cannes, NYFF, Tribeca, and more).
Characterized by an organic, artistic, specialized electro-acoustic sound, James’ music elevates what’s on screen in every project. His scores incorporate new sounds, un-conventional style blends and professionally recorded, high-end musicians who he frequently collaborates with on each film.
One of his earliest film-scoring projects, Bandito, directed by Evan Ari Kelman, was selected for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and led to numerous collaborations with Kelman. James’ next collaboration with Kelman was on Where There’s Smoke, an Amazon Prime short and 2017 Tribeca Film festival selection, as well as a western in 2018, The Badlands Girl. in 2016, James composed the score to the feature-length drama Luba, a drama from directed Casey Wilson, about a poor single mother who is trying to turn her life around. James recently composed music for Light My Fire, directed by Bobb Barito, which played at the 2018 Austin Film festival, as well as Haxan, a horror film co-composed with Gavin Brivik and directed by Michael Fontaine, which premiered at the Sitges Festival in Spain.
James also composes music for trailers and commercials. In 2018, James ‘ music was featured in Allstate’s worldwide campaign “500 Year Storm”. He also worked with NYC’s The Mill+ on IBM’s business to business campaign with the U.S. Marines. James co-composed trailer music with Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi which would be featured in TV spots and theatrical trailers for films such as The Kindergarten Teacher, The Little Stranger, and Chappaquiddick..
James also composes as a part of Stenfert Charles, LLC with Saunder Jurriaans & Danny Bensi. He has written additional music on Netflix's Ozark, AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, and Sundance 2018's U.S. Grand Jury Prize winning feature documentary, Kailash, as well as many other projects. James also worked with Stenfert Charles on Ubisft’s For Honor, providing additional music as well as performing on taiko drums, surdos, afro-cuban instruments, and military percussion.
James is a classically trained percussionist and electronic composer and he also performs clarinet, saxophone, guitar, and strings on his scores. He attended NYU Steinhardt’s Scoring for Film & multimedia graduate program and resides in NYC. He currently lives in LA /