Lakeshore Records has released Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey—Score from The Netflix Original Film featuring spirited music by John Debney (Elf, The Passion of the Christ, Come Away). The production is already receiving raves and Debney’s joyously uplifting orchestral score alongside the sparkling original songs elevate it as a timeless holiday classic. The Netflix film written and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose, and introducing Madalen Mills as Journey, is streaming now on Netflix.
See the album tracklist and purchase links below to listen now worldwide.
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]
01. By the Fire with Grandma / Jangle’s and Things
02. Jeronicus Workshop
03. Don Juan Comes To Life
04. Don Juan Meets The Family
05. Don Turns Gus To The Darkside
06. Borrowed Indefinitely, Pt. 2
07. Betrayed / Time Passes
08. Ms. Johnston
09. Hello Buddy
10. Journey Travels To Grandfather
11. Jessica’s Picture
12. Goodnight Journey / Storybook Interlude
13. Journey Shows Her Gifts
14. Flying With Buddy
15. Buddy’s Been Taken
16. Once An Apprentice
17. The Crusher (With Choir)
18. Air Shaft Adventure
19. Real Inventor
20. Kiss For Ms. Johnston
21. Why I Came
22. I Love You So Much
23. The Real Thief Revealed
ABOUT JOHN DEBNEY
John Debney is the ultimate film music character actor. In equal demand for family films such as Elf and adventure films like Iron Man, to the powerful and poignant The Passion of the Christ, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Debney is an agile jack-of-all-genres, composing for comedies (Bruce Almighty), sci-fi action (Predators), horror (Dream House), and romance (Valentine’s Day) with the same confidence and panache. Debney is also known for his work in such films as Princess Diaries, Sin City, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, No Strings Attached, The Emperor’s New Groove, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Hocus Pocus. Debney’s work also includes Disney’s The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau, Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course directed by Mike Thurmeier, and Twentieth Century Fox’s award-winning musical The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Debney’s most recent films include The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Harmony Korine, Paramount Pictures’ family adventure feature Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and the Warner Bros. comedy feature Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson. Most recent for Debney is Come Away directed by Brenda Chapman, starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo, and Netflix’s first original live-action musical Jingle Jangle.
Born in Glendale, California, Debney’s professional life began after he studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts when he went to work writing music and orchestrating for Disney Studios and various television series. He won his first Emmy in 1990 for the main theme for The Young Riders, and his career soon hit a gallop. Since then he has won three more Emmys (Sea Quest DSV), and received nominations for a total of six (most recently in 2012 for his work on the Kevin Costner western miniseries Hatfields & McCoys). Debney has scored numerous episodes of The Orville for Seth MacFarlane, including conducting each recording session with a nearly 100-piece orchestra. His foray into videogame scoring—2007’s Lair—resulted in a BAFTA nomination and a Best Videogame Score award from The International Film Music Critics Association.
Debney has collaborated with acclaimed directors as diverse as Robert Rodriguez, Garry Marshall, Mel Gibson, the Farrelly Brothers, Jon Favreau, Jim Sheridan, Ivan Reitman, Peter Chelsom, Rob Cohen, Brian Robbins, Tom Shadyac, Sam Raimi, Adam Shankman, Howie Deutch, Renny Harlin, Peter Hyams and Kenny Ortega. He was nominated by the Academy for his Passion of the Christ score, and in 2005 was the youngest recipient of ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Career Achievement Award.
“If I’m doing my job well,” says Debney, “I need to feel it. I really try to make sure that whatever I’m doing— even if it’s a comedy—that I’m feeling it and feeling either humor or the pathos or the dramatic impact of what I’m seeing. That’s the way I approach it.”
A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.
Says Debney: “The score for Jingle Jangle is at once classic yet utterly soulful. David’s vision was to create a timeless score full of life with soaring melodies and an adventurous spirit. Working together closely, David and I strove to plumb the depths of our hearts and souls. Along with the brilliantly crafted songs, we hope the listener leaves with a head full of hummable melodies.
The score is in the main a true hybrid combining elements of classical orchestra with hints of Gospel and a little Sorcerer’s Apprentice thrown in. It is a true labor of love and joy that we hope becomes a true holiday classic.”
JINGLE JANGLE now streaming on Netflix.