Music Got Me Here: Stephen Endelman’s Score To Powerful Music Therapy Documentary Debuts!

Music Got Me Here - Stephen Endelman

“Music Got Me Here” is a new documentary from filmmaker Susan Koch and looks at the extraordinary power of music and how it helped save the life of snowboarder Forrest Allen. – Variety

Lakeshore Records has released Music Got Me Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), available now digitally on all major digital music services!  The album features an original score by Stephen Endelman, Grammy®-nominated composer, arranger, and producer known for his scores to  De-Lovely, Jawbreaker, Home of the Brave, and more.  See the album tracklist and purchase links below.

Stream Music Got Me Here available now on Apple TV/iTunes and Amazon.

Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]

Track List
01. Opening Credits
02. Snowboard Credits
03. Should Forest Still Be Here?
04. Help Me Find My Voice
05. Unforgettable
06. Tom’s Back Story
07. George Washington Hospital
08. Tom Contemplates
09. Awkward Breakfast
10. Surgery Montage
11. Morning Facetime
12. End of Graduation
13. Tom Washing Dishes
14. Graduation
15. Hospital Waiting Room
16. Dr. Kumar Visit
17. Post-Surgery

In a freak snowboarding accident, Forrest, age 18, suffers a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that leaves him trapped inside himself — unable to speak or move for nearly two years. Tom, an eccentric music therapist with a troubled childhood, will do anything to get a response from Forrest. He dresses up in costumes and makes up silly songs. For months, Forrest doesn’t even acknowledge him. Then, one day Forrest painstakingly types with one finger on his Dynavox: “Please help me find my voice”. Tom begins by teaching Forrest to breathe…then hum. After many months of painstaking practice, the hums turn into Forrest’s first two words. Within weeks, he’s singing entire songs and speaking in sentences.

Forrest is just getting his voice — and life — back, when he’s faced with one medical setback after another. Shortly after his 21st birthday, a serious infection requires surgeons to remove the prosthetic implant protecting his brain, where a large part of his skull was removed after his accident. Without any protection for his brain, Forrest begins to decline — his words become garbled and his ability to survive is uncertain. The clock is ticking. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital agree to perform a groundbreaking surgery, never before performed on a civilian. It’s Forrest’s last hope — and very risky. Filmed over the course of five years, this is a remarkable story about the power of music to heal and transform lives, often in miraculous ways.

Stephen Endelman is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and producer whose work ranges from lush, classical film scores, to contemporary, pop-driven tapestries. He has worked with many artists they include Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Cole and the soprano Renee Fleming.

Stephen got his first break working on Nancy Savoca’s film Household Saints, followed by the Warner Brother’s film Imaginary Crimes for Anthony Drazen. Stephen is the only living composer to have had a ten picture deal with Miramax, which included films such as Flirting With Disaster and The Englishman Who Went Up The Hill But Came Down The Mountain.

Stephen’s in the process of writing a Broadway show based on the iconic television show Upstairs Downstairs, for which he has the rights, in collaboration with Theresa Rebeck. He’s also working on his first animated series Pete The Cat, a new musical show produced by Swampy Marsh, with song collaborations with Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, KT Tunstall, and Don Was.

In May, Stephen begins production on his own short film A Boy, a Man, and His Kite.

In 2016, he divided his work between feature film and television. Including, once again collaborating with director Raymond DeFelitta on the miniseries for ABC Madoff staring Richard Dreyfuss and Blyth Danner. Other TV series this year include Chasing Life and Hindsight. Endelman recently completed greater, the story of Brandon bulls worth which opened August 22nd. Endelman also wrote the score for the Netflix documentary Atari Game over as well as the upcoming documentary High Notes.

Other credits include, David Mamet’s Redbelt starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen and Emily Mortimer for Sony pictures and The Grand for director Zak Penn, which starred Woody Harrelson.

Endelman’s second collaboration with director Irwin Winkler was MGM’s Home of the Brave starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel and 50 Cent. This post-Iraqi war drama follows the lives of several servicemen who return home to Washington after experiencing a harrowing ambush. The film and soundtrack were released in 2006 and the album features a song written by Sheryl Crow that Endelman arranged and produced and which received a golden globe nomination.

In 2004, Endelman completed the MGM movie musical De-Lovely, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd, for which he won Grammy nominations for Best Soundtrack of the Year: De-Lovely and Best Pop Male Vocal: Elvis Costello – “Let’s Misbehave”. Endelman produced and arranged both the on-camera music and the Gold-certified Sony soundtrack which held steady on Billboard’s Top 200 pop chart for over a year. De-Lovely chronicles the life and times of songster Cole Porter and features several celebrity cameos including Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Cole and others. Produced and directed by Irwin Winkler, the movie opened to wide box office acclaim and subsequent international success.

In 2002, Endelman worked with director Bruce Beresford in their second joint effort, MGM’s Evelyn, starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Marguiles, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, and Alan Bates. Evelyn is the true story of Desmond Doyle, who in 1953, sued Ireland’s church and state in an effort to regain custody of his three children. The original score soundtrack album was released by Decca Records (Universal) in December, 2002 and features Pierce Brosnan singing two traditional, Irish songs.

Endelman received critical acclaim for his score and Deutsche Gramophone soundtrack to Bruce Beresford’s and Paramount Classics’ Bride of the Wind, the story of Alma and Gustav Mahler. Endelman also completed music for Gala Films Blue Butterfly, starring John Hurt and I’m With Lucy for Jon Sherman staring Monica Potter and John Hanna.

Endelman’s wide-ranging works have spanned the rich orchestral score for The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, but Came Down a Mountain, to his minimalist, modern score for the hit David O. Russell comedy Flirting with Disaster.

In 2000, Endelman garnered critical praise for his unique score for Passport to the Universe, a public commission for the first Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Subsequently, the show moved to France and is playing at the Futuroscope Park, near Paris. In 2002, Endelman wrote the music to the second planetarium show The Search for Life, Are We Alone? narrated by Harrison Ford and which showcased in New York at the Museum of Natural History.

English-born Endelman began playing the clarinet at age seven and became a full-time scholar at The Purcell School of Young Musicians at age twelve. He studied composition at London’s Guildhall School of Music Drama and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. Besides his growing body of film work, Endelman has composed two operas and at the age of 18, wrote the music for the Tony-Award winning Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten.

An ardent film-lover, Endelman moved to New York in 1992 to pursue and develop his career in film music. His first score for a feature film was Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints. He subsequently worked closely with Robert De Niro on his directorial debut, A Bronx Tale.

Over 45 film credits have followed including Lionsgate’s Two Family House, which received an Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival 2000, Disney’s Tom and Huck, Norman Rene’s Reckless, and Largo Entertainment’s City of Industry, directed by John Irvin. He also scored October Film’s Kicked in the Head, a Martin Scorsese production directed by Matthew Harrison, Polygram Filmed Entertainment’s The Proposition, Largo Entertainment’s Finding Graceland, Morgan Creek’s Imaginary Crimes, and Sony’s Jawbreaker, in addition to the box office hit Flirting with Disaster.

In 1998, he won the ASCAP Foundation Award as Resident Composer at the Metropolitan Opera Guild where he has been a resident artist since 1993.



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