Crystal Grooms Mangano is a unique talent in the composing world, having honed her skills across a wide variety of television and film projects. Her music can most recently be heard uplifting the coming-of-age documentary on Netflix, Asperger’s Are Us, produced by Mark & Jay Duplass and directed by Alex Lehmann. The score was nominated for a Hollywood Music & Media Award for best documentary score.
Crystal’s music can also be heard enlivening many projects across the independent film world. Her scoring work is featured in the films Black Widows written by and starring Jordan Elizabeth; and Forced Move starring David Kallaway and Jennifer Pierce Mathus. Upcoming film releases include the independent feature Across the Ocean, the feature thriller Follow Me starring Keegan Allen, and the feature documentary Duty Free.
In 2008, Crystal began working for Legativity Music, collaborating with owner and Emmy-nominated composer Mark Leggett, whose credits include NBC’s My Name is Earl, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, and The Pretender. Mark’s mentorship enabled her ascent in the television and film composing world. Crystal also composed additional music for several of his projects, including Discovery’s Penguins: Waddle All the Way and Time Warp, National Geographic’s JFK: The Final Hours, and Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden. Working at Mark’s studio exposed Crystal to an eclectic variety of scores from the blues rock music of My Name is Earl to cinematic scores for the countryside of Ladakh.
When not composing, Crystal also works as a music supervisor for film and television. Most recently she has contributed to the soundtrack for the Netflix series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, the independent feature film Don't Tell a Soul starring Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Rainn Wilson and Mena Suvari, the independent film Standing Up, Falling Down starring Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz, and the feature documentary Cold Blue directed by Erik Nelson and produced by Paul Allen.
Crystal attributes much of her sound and musical approach to the creative freedom she received while studying film and music at Montana State University. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found training for an upcoming marathon or spending rare downtime with her husband, Chris.
Duty Free (in post-production) - composer
Follow Me (2020) - composer
Don't Tell a Soul (2020) - music supervisor
Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) - music supervisor
Across the Ocean (2019) - composer
The Cold Blue (2018) - music supervisor
The Repository (2018) - composer
Escape Room (2017) - additional music
A Gray State (2017) - music editor
Asperger's Are Us - (2016) - composer
American Romance (2016) - music editor
Black Widows (2016) - additional music, music coordinator
Forced Move (2015) - composer
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix, 2019) - music supervisor
American Master's: This is Bob Hope (PBS, 2017) - music editor
Romance at Reindeer Lodge (Hallmark, 2017) - music editor
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (NBC, 2016) - music coordinator
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (NBC, 2015) - music coordinator
Strength of a Nation - Concert Band
First Frost - Woodwind Quintet
Montana State University
Eyes of the World Media Group
Hello - Directed by Tony Bloodworth
Laws of the Universe - Directed by Chris Mangano
Surface - Directed by Araceli Mireles
Sexual Fluidity - Directed by Alissa Torvinen
Daisy's Chain - Directed by Chris Mangano
PHOD - Directed by Wednesday Standley
Above and Beyond - Directed by Sarah Drinkard
Annabelle - Directed by Malinda Hee
An Appetite for Bernard Brady - Directed by Chris Mangano
This is Home - Directed by Crystal Grooms