Chris Bacon (born March 17, 1977) is an American composer. His film scores include Alpha and Omega (2010), Source Code (2011), and Gnomeo & Juliet (2011). He is currently the composer for the hit A&E series Bates Motel, and he also composed the music for 26 of the 32 episodes of the musical TV drama Smash.
Bacon was born in Provo, Utah. As a youth he learned to play piano and saxophone, and from an early age he knew he wanted to be a film composer. “From the point that I could start thinking about what I wanted to do when I grew up,” says Chris Bacon, “it was always to write movie music.”
After graduating from high school, Bacon attended Brigham Young University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend USC’s film scoring program, which led to an apprenticeship with renowned film composer James Newton Howard.
Bacon cites his internship with Howard as his most valuable musical training: "While I learned a ton from school, my real-world education came under James. It felt like I was on scholarship because I was being paid to learn what it means to be a film composer at the pinnacle of the industry. James gave me my first opportunities on projects that he couldn’t fully take on for a variety of reasons, and his endorsement was very comforting to producers who appreciated the work still being performed under his 'umbrella'."
Bacon's solo debut as a film composer came with the 2007 Lifetime movie Angels Fall, for which he composed the main theme. The movie became one of the top-10 most-watched films in the network's history.
Bacon's first solo feature film score was the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Source Code. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film was a critical and financial success, earning $147.3 million worldwide.
Bacon has also contributed music to many film and TV productions, including David O. Russell’s Academy Award-nominated American Hustle, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps. Bacon's next project is the Amazon reboot of The Tick, directed by Wally Pfister.
Bacon has been nominated for two Emmy Awards: one for his work on the NBC series Smash, and the other for is work on the A&E series Bates Motel.
Chris and his wife Melia currently live in Los Angeles with their three children, Jackson, Elora, and Kael.
- Space Chimps (2008)
- Love Ranch (2010)
- Alpha and Omega (2010)
- Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2011)
- Source Code (2011)
- Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
- Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)