“I didn’t pursue music; music pursued me.”
Matthew Head is an Emmy, NAACP Image, and Peabody Award-winning and Grammy-nominated music producer and composer. Based in his hometown of Marietta, Georgia, Head’s work includes OWN’s Greenleaf, the Halle Berry and Lena Waithe-produced Boomerang on BET, P-Valley on Starz, PBS and WETA’s The Black Church: The is Our Story, This is Our Song, Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, and after collaborating with Timbaland on Step Up: High Water season 2, is now the sole music producer for season 3 of the hit Starz series. With over 75 credits, Head has the unique ability to move an audience through music; to take a scene and accentuate key moments to increase the intensity of a line, word, glance, or motion.
“I don’t have your typical musical background and education that most composers have, which allows me to connect with the projects from a different space that directors and producers can appreciate,” Head says. “I am interested in using music to elevate and enhance the project instead of competing or overshadowing.”
The former elementary school teacher began playing piano at five and started writing songs by the time he was 12. Head is Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon’s go-to guy for theater productions. In 2017, he curated music for the reincarnation of Holler If Ya Hear Me and a star-studded production of Our Town that featured Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo. Head has also worked on hard-hitting documentaries like Wilmington of Fire and AJC’s Peabody Award-winning documentary Doctors & Sex Abuse – furthering his reputation as the region’s Renaissance man. Head’s solid work ethic, efficiency, and impeccable knack for knowing what soundscape helps draw viewers in only elevates and enhances each project he touches.