Vanacore Music is the destination for award-winning production music for television, film, advertising, and digital media

We are in the business of telling stories. Our approach is simple: you tell us your vision, and we make it come to life through music. We understand that every project is unique, sometimes less is more and sometimes it takes an orchestra. No matter the place, time, or character, our close attention to detail will capture the essence of what is happening on the screen, giving your project a voice that is both unique and memorable.




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Our Talent

Artists featured here are members of The Young Blood, a loose collective of Vanacore’s most promising young talents who still love and care about music in all its forms. The Young Blood allow Vanacore to bring an unparalleled array of modern styles and sounds to any project, and deliver solutions that are fresh, unexpected and immediately relevant. Vanacore Music is an award-winning production music company for television, film, advertising, and digital media.  We’ve been providing our custom music division, production music libraries and music licensing expertise to producers for 20 years.
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John Nooney

“I wake up and make music everyday. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, ya know, like this is a dream and I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.  But for now, I just put the other shoe on and keep walking”, John says as he describes his successful career as a musician.

John Nooney began chasing the dream at the University of Montana where he received a Bachelors in Music Composition and Advanced Study in Orchestration & Electronic music.  In search of a start he landed in Los Angeles and began working as a television commercial and independent film composer until he found a home at Vanacore in 2004.  He’s been with the Vanacore family for 10 years and has successfully composed incredible underscore music, resulting in 6 BMI Awards for shows like Undercover Boss, Dirty Jobs, Out of The Wild: Alaska Experiment and more.

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John O’Hallaron

John is an artist and producer from Pittsburgh, PA who has been releasing albums with his band Chalk Dinosaur for the past 7 years.  His love for writing, recording and improvising with other musicians began when he picked up the guitar in his senior year of high school.

In love with the instrument and feeling inspired, he ended up at Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Bachelors in Film & Media Studies. Two years ago John joined Vanacore Music and has been one of our go-to guys for Hip Hop, Indie Electronic and Dance music.  If he’s not in the studio composing cues or jammin’ with Chalk Dinosaur you’re likely to find him lighting up tiki torches and relaxing under the firelight in his backyard.

Marcus Vaughn

An unpredictable road paved with twists and turns, along with experiences in the music business that span from all corners of the industry led Marcus Vaughn to Vanacore. He was previously a member of two major-label signed bands, toured the world (literally) on numerous occasions, and worked for some of Country and Pop music’s A-list artists (Sugarland, Sara Bareilles, and Lady Antebellum). Ultimately, Marcus’ love for songwriting and production led him to trade a life on the road, for a life in the studio.

Today, Marcus welcomes the notion of being considered a “non-traditional” composer, who enjoys pushing the limits of artist-driven material. Shows that he’s recently written for include  Down East Dickering, Swamp Pawn, Catfish, and Redwood Kings. When not composing for Vanacore, Marcus is an avid solo-artist, and producer in Nashville, TN.



Nick Steele

Nick Steele is our musical chameleon whose writing capabilities span a wide range of musical styles/genres. His memorable vocal hooks and catchy underscore tunes have given him the opportunity to write for shows like CatfishThe FaceAmerican Ninja WarriorBig Brother and more.

Upon graduating Indiana University in 2007, Nick headed west to study audio engineering at the Los Angeles Recording School. A meeting with David Vanacore landed him a gig at the studio where he gained a deep appreciation for the talented composers who write for VM. Nick’s fascination for the world of composition flourished, and before long he was using his abilities to write music for us on the side. Eventually he began his journey as a full-time composer and relocated to Nashville where he produces and engineers tracks with local artists.


Charles Stephens “Chizzy”

A true producer/songwriter with incredible experience under his belt, Chizzy has produced and co-written on a variety of Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop records, including, most recently, Justin Bieber’s “Playtime”, three tracks on O-Town’s new comeback album ‘Lines & Circles’, two cuts on Jennifer Lopez’s 2014 LP ‘A.K.A.’ (“Same Girl” and “TENS”), and Candice Glover’s debut album “Forever That Man”. In addition to working with Jennifer Lopez and Candice Glover, Chizzy’s music has achieved major placements with artists such as Jordan Knight and Chris Brown. While at Vanacore he has also placed a variety of custom-made Pop and Hip-Hop tracks for TV shows such as VH1’s Black Ink Crew, OWN’s Raising Whitley, and CNBC’s Money Talks.

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Our Work

Big Brother Season 17 (CBS)

We’re proud to bring back the classic music that fans have come to love to Big Brother Season 17. Feel the tension as the heads of household nominate the four house guests that will be fighting for their chance to stay in the house. As Julie Chen says…Expect the Unexpected!




Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader is back and ready to teach you all who really is the smartest.  Our revamped rendition of our original theme song is featured in this scene, along with underscore by our team of composers.

Ink Master Master Vs Apprentice

With 5 seasons under its belt, Ink Master has returned for a 6th season with a twist.  Masters will now be competing head-on with former apprentices, hence the name Ink Master Master Vs Apprentice.

SL Green Realty | Lighting Up The City

We were up for the challenge when SL Green Realty reached out to us for custom music that would tell the story for their latest promo, Lighting Up The City!  Many said that we knocked it out of the park.  Check it out and see for yourself.



Treehouse Masters

Pete Nelson, the Treehouse Masters whisperer & builder extraordinaire, has done it again! This time it’s for A.J., a young boy who has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy.  Listen as our custom music weaves in and out of these scenes as Pete introduces the magical Box Troll-inspired tree house to a boy whose dream is about to come true.

Vanacore Music Notes

Yep! You guessed right. We’re the team of composers behind Survivor, one of the longest running reality TV shows on air to date.  We’ve been composing custom music for Survivor since day one and its been one heck of an amazing ride. In honor of the latest season of Survivor we wanted to share some […]

10 / 14 / 2015
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MUSIC MAKES A DIFFERENCE Music will make a difference at this year’s Scott Medlock + Robby Krieger 2015 Invitational golf event where top music guests and music industry leaders will get together for an entertaining day a the Moorpark Country Club. 3 Top Reasons Why You Should Attend: 1) Enjoy an all-star studded rock n’ […]

09 / 28 / 2015
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After a successful event last year, the PMA’s Production Music Conference is back for a second round on September 9th, 2015!  Industry leaders in the production music industry will join forces for a day of panels, learning, and networking. Topics covered that day include the following: Understand the Latest Business Models Monetize Your Music Sustainably […]

09 / 03 / 2015
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Variety &  Vanacore On The  Many Sounds of Reality TV Programming Variety runs through the Sounds of Reality that propel the emotions and story lines of Reality TV in this interview with our witty composer/CEO, David Vanacore. Although viewers may not realize it, music has a big role in the emotional roller coaster they ride […]

08 / 18 / 2015
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GET In The Know  WITH VANACORE AT THE #ITK HOLLYWOOD SUMMIT We live in a new era where TV & Digital Media are constantly evolving.  The ITK “In The Know” Hollywood Summit brings together top TV and Digital executives on August 14th at the Beverly Hills Palomar Hotel. They will provide an inside look at […]

08 / 10 / 2015
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