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King University News :: A Knight in New York

Two years ago, Jonathan Knight made the transition from Tennessee to New York City, where so many artists venture in search of their dream. It was there Knight began his study of music composition and film scoring at the New York University Steinhardt's Master of Music program.

Just seven years earlier, Knight arrived at King College with the intent to study political science. As time progressed, I became increasingly involved in King's music scene. It wasn't until my senior year I wrote my first composition, Solidarity, premiered by King's Symphonic Choir. That is really where it began.

During Knight's freshman year at King, he met Nathan McClure and Brandon Story, and the three formed a band called Jazz Rendezvous. Their mixture of jazz, funk, and rock appealed to audiences of all types and ages. After a year, with Knight on piano and vocals, McClure on drums and percussion, and Story on bass, the three recorded a cd, It Takes 2.

After Knight graduated from King in 2006, he began writing a musical piece. Along with the Dr. Flannagan and the King College Choir, a string quartet, and the Paramount Center for the Arts, Knight recorded an Extended Play (EP) combining choral composition with the styling's of the pop genre.

It was during this process Knight decided he needed to give his dream a shot. It came to the point where I decided I just needed to go for it. That's when I applied to NYU and made the move to New York.

While at NYU, Knight was awarded the Carole Bayer-Sager Songwriting Scholarship. He recorded songs, Walking Through Love and Silent Sage, with studio giants Will Lee, Hugh McCracken, Chris Parker, and David Spinoza. He also performed his piece, Walking Through Love, with members of the Saturday Night Live band at a concert for Steinhardt-Tisch Film Collaborations and Emerging Songwriters.

While at NYU, we would take films and looks for clips where there was no music, and then compose for the selected piece, said Knight. Two such projects involving the movies, The Bourne Identity and The Dark Knight, can be found on his website, Other collaborations include original music for the Tisch dance performance, Zugunruhe, percussion composition entitled, Homecoming, premiered by the NYU Percussion Ensemble, and scoring a Tisch film entitled, Black Truffle.

My dream is to be involved in projects I feel are important, said Knight. I'm excited about the opportunities available. In addition to my current internships with SteepleChase Films and The Lodge Music Production, I'm recording music with friends, and exploring other new projects.