John Debney on "The Today Show"
APRIL 2, 2004 | Submitted by Ray Costa
(HOLLYWOOD) "The Passion of the Christ" continues its miraculous momentum both as a film as well as the score. The original soundtrack recording on Sony Music/Integrity (music by John Debney) is the #1 selling soundtrack for the third week in a row, according to Billboard charts. The film continues its reign at the box office with ticket sales over 250 million dollars. The soundtrack spent three consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's Soundtrack charts and is at #44 this week on Billboard's Top 200.
Reminiscent of his touching performance with co-lyricist/soloist Lisbeth Scott and the Biola University chorale on "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last week, Debney will be heading to New York for a performance on the "Today Show", Thursday, April 8th. Most recently, Debney was featured in the Los Angeles Times on March 16th and the previous week in the Daily News and Newsday.
The score is written by Award-winning film composer John Debney (Elf, The Scorpion King, Bruce Almighty, Spy Kids). Referring to the score, director, producer Mel Gibson commented, "It had to be an extraordinary piece of work, something that helped the images. It had to tell a lot. John made my film 10 times better." Gibson lends his voice to the score's vocals and chants, performing with the London Voices. Debney utilized an 80-piece London orchestra to record the powerful score.
With a diverse list of film credits, John Debney utilizes both his classical training and strong knowledge of contemporary sounds in order to adapt to any assignment. In addition to his composing projects, Debney is a supporter of classic film scores. Debney has embarked on a series of CD recordings of classical film scores for Varese Saraband Records, conducting works including "Superman," "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", Titanic with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.