Crystal Grooms Mangano is a multi-talented composer and music supervisor who has strengthened a wide variety of television and film projects.  

Most recently, Crystal’s scoring work can be heard in thriller film No Escape starring Keegan Allen and Holland Roden, which features a musical palette of traditional orchestral elements punctuated by original manipulated recordings of heavy metals and iron. As a music supervisor, Crystal recently contributed to Netflix’s Emmy-nominated series, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings which highlighted 8 of Dolly’s original songs and brought together an incredible music team from Los Angeles, Nashville, and Atlanta. 

Crystal’s original music can be heard enlivening many projects across the independent film world. These include Across the Ocean, a film told in parallel story lines directed by 2 female directors from LA and India, the upcoming documentary Duty Free bringing to light the challenges of ageism in America, and SXSW selection Asperger’s Are Us, which followed a comedy troupe with Asperger’s syndrome, for which her score was nominated for a Hollywood Music & Media Award for best documentary score. 

As a music supervisor, Crystal has worked on a diverse array of independent feature films including Saban Films’ Don't Tell a Soul starring Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Rainn Wilson and Mena Suvari, Shout! Studios’ Standing Up, Falling Down starring Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz, and HBO feature documentary Cold Blue directed by Erik Nelson and produced by Paul Allen. 

Crystal was introduced to the entertainment industry through music licensing, working at The Music Bridge as a clearance coordinator. She later 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.  

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 

Surge (2020) - music supervisor

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