Simon Franglen is a Grammy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated composer, arranger and producer. His credits include four of the top grossing films of all time and six of the top selling albums. He received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for his production of the smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” from James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’, and received Golden Globe, Grammy Award and World Soundtrack Award nominations for co-writing and producing the theme song “I See You” from Cameron’s Avatar.
Franglen has worked for decades as an arranger, programmer and producer with many of Hollywood’s leading composers including John Barry, Howard Shore, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri and most notably James Horner, with whom he worked for nearly twenty years. Franglen contributed to projects as diverse as creating the disturbing electronica for David Fincher’s seminal Se7en, producing the vocals for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and scoring One Direction’s chart topping 3D concert film This is Us.
Upcoming projects include co-composing the score for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, which he completed following the tragic death of his long-time colleague and friend, composer James Horner. He and Horner collaborated for the past several years on the music for Disney World’s upcoming Avatar World, a highly-anticipated, immersive attraction scheduled to open in 2017. He has written music for Terrence Malick’s astonishing Voyage of Time to be released late 2016. Other projects include a groundbreaking immersive suite for four orchestras, choir and bells to be premiered in 3D at the top of the 2000ft high Shanghai Tower at the end of 2016.
London-born, after college in Manchester with a few too many trips to the Haçienda, he began as Synclavier programmer at Trevor Horn's SARM studios in the late 1980's, working with artists such as Yes, Frankie goes To Hollywood and Godley and Creme. He left to become a record producer and developed a successful career writing music for commercials, winning several Clio awards.
Chart success persuaded Simon to move to Los Angeles in the early 90’s. Over the next decade, he built a reputation as a top programmer, arranger and producer, working with an array of pop and R&B artists including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion and Madonna. He built a lengthy relationship with David Foster, first as programmer and then as co-producer. Over a five-year period, Franglen’s credits included a quarter of all US Billboard No.1 records, with hundreds of millions sold.
He moved into film score work after initially working with the legendary John Barry on the soundtrack to 'Dances With Wolves', he continued to work with Barry on films such as 'Chaplin'. He became in demand for creating innovative electronica and textures, whether putting an entire orchestra through a fuzzbox for David Fincher’s seminal 'Se7en' or making the famous synthetic choir for James Cameron’s 'Titanic'. He returned to work with James Cameron and James Horner for 'Avatar', spending a year solely working on the world's biggest box office hit. He also served as arranger on Thomas Newman’s score for the hit James Bond film ‘Skyfall’, a collaboration he was very happy to repeat for the newly released 'Spectre'.
With over four hundred credits on albums and singles, Franglen has worked successfully with both chart-topping R&B artists, South London grime rappers and operatic tenors. He accompanied Barbra Streisand at the inauguration of President Clinton. He’s worked with Mongolian Mourin Khuur ensembles in northern China, Tunisian Malouf and Indian Bhakti singing stars.
He has often worked at the line where film scoring and pop music meet, such as Whitney Houston's 'The Bodyguard', producing Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor's "Come What May" for Baz Lurhmann's Moulin Rouge!, and scoring the soundtrack to Morgan Spurlock's hit film One Direction: This is US