Randy Edelman grew up in Teaneck New Jersey, where he studied piano at an early age giving many recitals locally. After high school graduation he enrolled at the Cincinnati Music Conservatory where he majored in piano and composition. While in Cincinnati he began freelancing as a music arranger at James Brown’s King Records, and also wrote original music for regional theater.
Upon graduation Randy headed back to New York where he signed on as a staff writer at CBS April Blackwood Music. He also began playing piano in Broadway pit orchestras and continued his interest as a music arranger. He went out on the road as Music Director for many entertainers. It was while traveling that Randy began writing both his own music and lyrics.
The albums led to Randy’s appearances as opening solo act to such diverse groups as The Carpenters and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. His songs began being recorded by such popular recording artists as Barry Manilow (“Weekend In New England”), Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension, Jackie DeShannon, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kool & The Gang, Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA), and Bing Crosby to name a few. Subsequent success of his records in the United Kingdom led to appearances on the Top of the Pops, concerts at the London Palladium and Drury Lane Theaters, and tours throughout Europe, Japan and Australia .
It was shortly after arriving in Los Angeles that Randy became interested in using his background as a classical musician and arranger to pursue his interest in film scoring. In between his album recording he began scoring several television and feature films. His tv scoring work included MacGyver, Maximum Security, Mr. Sunshine, Brisco County Jr. to name but a few. Children’s projects included PBS Wonderworks, The Care Bears album and several award-winning After School Specials.
After dealing in the “short form” of pop songs Edelman found the film work liberating and decided to devote his full time to pursuing composing music for motion pictures. He has now composed over 100 scores for film and television.