Joseph Shirley is a composer from Jackson Mississippi. Raised in a musical household with his three brothers, he was surround by classical, rock and blues music as a kid, and began playing piano when he was 7. He attended Loyola University New Orleans to study music composition, and began playing keyboards with a wide range of bands in New Orleans- jazz, funk, rock, folk, and singer/songwriter- and toured extensively with some. After earning his bachelor's degree, he began a film and commercial scoring company with another composer that had success on a local and national scale, and is still active. Shirley attended the University of Southern California's prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program, which he completed in May 2015 and is now living and working in Los Angeles.
Fascinated with blending elements from the classical and contemporary realms, he enjoys working in an array of musical styles in his film music. In addition to composing and producing music for film, he plays in a band with two of his brothers, and more can be heard of them here: soundcloud.
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