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.
Doctor Who Am I (in post-production) - music supervisor
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
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