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 Composer Marcus Affeldt
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.



Vanacore Music Composer Nick Steele
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.


Vanacore Music Composer Charles Stephens Chizzy
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.

Composer: Tyler Ewing
Tyler Ewing

Tyler knew he had a knack for composing when he won the alma mater composition competition, which became the first fight song for his university.  Soon after graduating from Belmont University with a degree in Classical Composition he began scoring for television and eventually ended up composing for Reality TV alongside our composing team at Vanacore.

He’s a multi-instrumentalist with a sweet spot for the drums, piano, guitar, acoustic bass, cello, and violin; word in the studio is that he’s been known to be called our musical Swiss army knife (…so beware!).  Tyler currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and 6-month-old daughter who has been taking up quite a bit of his time these days.

vanacore music composer ehren ebbage
Ehren Ebbage

As a songwriter with 20 years of music experience and in search of an outlet for his original tunes, one lucky cold call to the Vanacore studio landed him an opportunity to become a composer in 2010.

He’s written underscore cues for dozens of TV shows and has licensed numerous original songs for Film, Advertising and TV.  Recent work includes a song placement on Sons of Anarchy, main titles for NBC’s Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Discovery Channel’s Kodiak, History Channel’s Down East Dickering, and TLC’s My Five Wives.  In 2012 Ehren Ebbage received a BMI Film and TV Music award for his work on Undercover Boss. Nashville has become his home where he continues to work on projects with local musicians and songwriters.

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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

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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WALL STREET JOURNAL’S INSIDE LOOK AT REALITY TV MUSIC Wall Street Journal takes an inside look at the breadth and depth of music created by composers for Reality TV.   Mr. Matthews from the Wall Street Journal recalls, ‘Vanacore Music, is a heavyweight in the unscripted genre — and some documentaries — composing for hits […]

07 / 31 / 2015
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2015 EMMY NOMINEE SHOUT-OUT! The much-anticipated 2015 Emmy Nominees were announced this morning.  We’d love to give a special shout-out to the following shows we’ve had the honor of working on.  We’re crossing our fingers for you! Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming Survivor • Survivor Warfare (Worlds Apart) • CBS • United Artists Media […]

07 / 16 / 2015
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Finding the Right Sound for Your Story   After producing a show for what can be months on end, producers hit that point when its time to start looking for production music.  Over the past 20 years of successfully branding TV shows with music, we’ve realized that the following 3 pieces of advice are always […]

06 / 19 / 2015
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