March 9, 1957
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Mark Mancina is a composer who arranged many songs from The Lion King.
Mancina was born in Santa Monica, and he began his musical training at an early age focusing on classical guitar, classical piano and composition. Then, after studying composition and performance as a classical guitar major at Cal State Fullerton, he went on to perform on Trevor Rabin's solo tour, and later to write and produce for Yes. Mancina would also worked on several records with producer Trevor Horn, including the song "Crazy," performed by Grammy-winning artist Seal. In 1990, Mancina moved from Los Angeles to London for a year to work with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, producing and composing their "Black Moon" album for PolyGram.
Around at that same time, composer Hans Zimmer, recognizing Mancina's varied gifts, asked him to arrange and produce three Elton John songs for The Lion King. His work on the multi-platinum record sold over ten million copies worldwide, and earned him a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children and two American Music Awards for Best Pop Album. In addition to this, Mancina won additional recognition on the film, Speed, released that same year. Riding on the heels of the success of The Lion King, Mancina went on to write and produce additional songs with Lebo M and Jay Rifkin on the follow-up album, Rhythm of the Pride Lands.
In addition to his work as a film and television composer, Mancina co-wrote songs, produced and arranged the score for the musical production of The Lion King. In his role as Producer of Music for the stage musical, Mancina collaborated with Lebo M and director Julie Taymor to create the distinctive musical atmosphere. His work on the musical earned Mancina another Grammy award, and a Tony nomination.
After his work on The Lion King was commissioned, Mancina collaborated with Phil Collins on Tarzan and Brother Bear, for which Mancina composed the score and co-produced several Collins songs. The ballad, "You'll Be In My Heart," which Mancina arranged and co-produced, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Mancina continues to expand his repertoire and his instrument collection. His studios are in Santa Monica.
- Speed (1994)
- Tarzan (1999)
- Brother Bear (2003)
- Imagine That (2009)