George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with degrees in music and drama, Clinton attended the Atlanta Pop Festival where he heard Joe Cocker and the Grease Band perform. He left his native Chattanooga the next weekend, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll.
Once in LA, Clinton became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music with songs recorded by Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Styx, and many more. He continued arranging and session work, and as a recording artist, recorded albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC and Arista. When the critically acclaimed George Clinton Band attracted Hollywood’s attention, Clinton got the chance to score his first films; Cheech and Chong’s “Still Smokin’” and its follow-up “The Corsican Brothers.”
Writing for a wide range of genres and musical styles, he developed his craft scoring Cannon Films’ “ninja” movies, network and cable television movies, and miniseries. The soulful, erotic jazz for Zalman King’s Showtime anthology “Red Shoe Diaries” developed quite a following, raising public awareness for Clinton’s work.
His musical inventiveness and versatility in orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to hit films from martial arts fantasy “Mortal Kombat” and its sequel, to the “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” comedy and its blockbuster sequels. Other noteworthy projects include John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” Disney’s holiday hits “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3,” and the sexy thriller “Wild Things.”
The fact that he scored the comedies “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” and “The Love Guru” during the same year as he scored the Emmy Award-winning drama “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” is another testament to his wide range.
Other films include Mike Judge’s comedy “Extract”, the “Tooth Fairy” starring Dwayne Johnson, “Salvation Boulevard” and “The Harvest”.
In addition, Clinton has written several concert works, three musicals, and has served as an advisor at the Sundance Composers Lab for 16 years. He is a member of the Music Branch Executive Committee of AMPAS (Oscars), serves on the board of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Alliance for Women Film Composers and was recently Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.
Awards include Grammy & Emmy nominations, the SCL Ambassador’s Award, and 9 BMI Film Music Awards, including their highest honor, the Icon Award for Musical Excellence.