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. 

     Upcoming film releases include the independent feature Across the Ocean, the feature thriller Follow Me starring Keegan Allen, and the feature documentary Duty Free.  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. 

     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 EarlDolly 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.

photo by Gina Cholick

photo by Gina Cholick

Credits

Feature Films: 

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 

 

Television: 

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

 

Film Trailers: 

Match 

 

Concert Works: 

Strength of a Nation - Concert Band 

First Frost - Woodwind Quintet

 

Online/Alternative Media: 

Storyline Online 

Harper Collins 

Nutrisystem 

College Humor 

MeetMe 

Amerigo Film 

Montana State University 

Maya Romanoff 

Eyes of the World Media Group 

 

Short Films: 

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