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Will Jennings

Biography

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Can Jennings began his Hollywood profession with 1976’s The Dedication, immediately after teaming with composer Richard Kerr to author Barry Manilow’s 1977 pop chart-topper “APPEARS LIKE We MANAGED TO GET”; 2 yrs later, Manilow came back to the very best Ten using the duo’s “Someplace in the night time.” After making his 1st Academy Award nomination for the music “People Only” from 1980’s The Competetion, Jennings collaborated with Steve Winwood for a number of songs within the singer’s acclaimed 1981 recording Arc of the Diver; they reunited the next year for Speaking Back to the night time, which produced the strike “Valerie.” In tandem with Jack port Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jennings following obtained his first Oscar for “Up Where We Belong,” the Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warren blockbuster through the film An Official along with a Gentlemen; after dealing with Jimmy Buffett on 1984’s Riddles within the Sand and its own follow-up Last Mango in Paris, he reunited with Winwood for 1986’s enormously well-known Back the High Existence, making a Grammy nomination for Music of the entire year for the main smash “Higher Like.” In 1991, Jennings combined with Eric Clapton for the cathartic “Tears in Heaven,” culled through the motion picture Hurry. His biggest music, however, continues to be 1997’s Titanic theme “My Center Will CONTINUE”; created with composer Wayne Horner and sung by Celine Dion, the music gained a boatload of Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes coming to getting the most-played radio strike in history.

Quick Facts


Full Name Will Jennings
Profession Songwriter, Composer
Education Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Nationality American
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures, Satellite Award for Best Original Song, BMI Film & TV Award for Most Performed Song from a Film, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Song, BAFTA Best Original Song Written for a Film
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year
Movies The View from the Swing


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1 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Els dies clau 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2013-2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Lead with Your Heart 2015 TV Movie writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series 1 episode
The Voice 2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Klippans karaokecup 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special lyrics: "Up Where We Belong"
The Official Top 50 Best-Selling Singles of the 90s and 00s 2015 TV Movie writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
The Wedding Ringer 2015 writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Rude Tube 2014 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Please Like Me 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Altman 2014 Documentary writer: "While You See a Chance"
Ray Donovan 2014 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Block 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Supernatural 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rugby League World Cup 2013 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Hello Ladies 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor TV Series 1 episode, 2008 lyrics - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2013 writer - 3 episodes, 2006 - 2012 music - 1 episode, 2007
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "Higher Love", "Street Life"
Glee 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Twenty Feet from Stardom 2013 Documentary writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Dancing with the Stars TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2012 lyrics - 1 episode, 2009
Soul Shadows 2012 Video short writer: "Soul Shadows"
Duets 2012 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
American Idol 2003-2012 TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Dancing Stars 2012 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary writer: "Hold On I Fell Our Love is Changing"
The Voice UK 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2010-2012 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Em dónes vida. El llibre i el disc de La Marató 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "La clau de tot ets tu"
Generació D 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Tears in Heaven"
The Choir: Unsung Town Revisited 2011 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Tears in Heaven" - uncredited / music: "Tears in Heaven" - uncredited
Jack and Jill 2011/I writer: "Somewhere in the Night"
House M.D. 2011 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Funny or Die Beats Weird Al at Twitter 2011 Video short writer: "Back In the High Life Again"
Hall Pass 2011 writer: "Always Asking For You"
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie writer: "Please Remember Me"
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold 2010 writer: "Street Life"
Gent de paraula 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Him & Her 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Cleveland Show 2010 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko slovenská superstar TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Miranda 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2009 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Choir: Unsung Town TV Mini-Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2009 music - 1 episode, 2009
Brüno 2009 writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
The Time that Remains 2009 "My Heart Will Go On"
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Fighting 2009 writer: "Street Life"
Especial Nochevieja 2008: ¡Feliz 2009! 2008 TV Movie writer: "Tears in Heaven"
DR's store juleshow 2008 TV Special documentary writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2008 TV Special documentary lyrics: "If We Hold On Together" / music: "If We Hold On Together"
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Céline 2008 TV Movie writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2008 Video Game writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps TV Series 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Música des del cor 2007 TV Movie writer: "My Heart Will Go On", "Segueix bategant"
Idols 2005-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
20 to 1 2006-2007 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Patinando por un sueño 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It Takes Two 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Wanna Be a Popstar 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2003-2007 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Gilmore Girls 2001-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Freedom Writers 2007 "Papa'z Song"
Clatterford 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 1986-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Cesko hledá SuperStar 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Till I Met You 2006 writer: "One Day I'll Fly Away"
Canadian Idol 2003-2006 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paris, je t'aime 2006 "La Même Histoire" main theme, "We're All in the Dance"
Türkisch für Anfänger 2006 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Soy tu fan 2006 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Yours, Mine & Ours 2005 writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
William Eggleston in the Real World 2005 Documentary writer: "In the Real World"
South Park TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2005 lyrics - 1 episode, 1998 music - 1 episode, 1998
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2004-2005 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Last Shot 2004 writer: "Looks Like We Made It" 1976
Australian Idol 2003-2004 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Malaysian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The WB's Superstar USA 2004 TV Series "My Heart Will Go on"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series music - 1 episode
Ídolos 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol 2001-2003 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003 writer: "Up Where We Belong" - as Wilbur Jennings
Crossing Jordan 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 "My Heart Will Go On"
Idols! 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2002 lyrics - 1 episode, 2001
Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider - Live on Tour 2001 2002 Video documentary writer: "Tears in Heaven"
Hundtricket - The Movie 2002 writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Great Pretenders 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Beautiful Mind 2001 "All Love Can Be"
Family Guy TV Series 1 episode, 2001 lyrics - 1 episode, 2001
Bring It On 2001 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Moulin Rouge! 2001 writer: "One Day I'll Fly Away", "Elephant Love Medley", "Musical score features parts of:"
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 lyrics: "Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" / writer: "Where Are You, Christmas?"
Tillsammans 2000 writer: "Caddo Queen" - as W. Jennings
Bicentennial Man 1999 lyrics: "Then You Look at Me"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua 1999 TV Movie documentary writer: "Tears in Heaven"
Zwei Männer am Herd 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zwei Männer am Herd 1999 TV Movie writer: "Street Life" - uncredited
Stars in Their Eyes 1995-1999 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Australian Story 1999 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Esrim plus 1999 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Regine: R2K 1999 Video documentary writer: "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
Mighty Joe Young 1998 writer: "Windsong"
The Mask of Zorro 1998 lyrics: "I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You"
Essence Awards 1998 TV Special writer: "Up Where We Belong" - uncredited
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1998 lyrics - 1 episode, 1998
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Jackie Brown 1997 writer: "Street Life" 1981
Titanic 1997 "My Heart Will Go On"
The End of Violence 1997 writer: "You May Feel Me Crying"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1994-1997 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Friends TV Series 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Sgt. Bilko 1996 writer: "Roll With It"
Ladybird Ladybird 1994 writer: "Up Where We Belong"
The Thing Called Love 1993 writer: "WHAT KIND OF LOVE"
Once Upon a Forest 1993 lyrics: "Please Wake Up", "Once Upon A Time With Me"
Unplugged 1992 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Perigosas Peruas 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rush 1991 writer: "Tears in Heaven", "Help Me Up"
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 writer: "Way Out West", "Dreams to Dream", "The Girl I Left Behind"
Thelma & Louise 1991 writer: "Better Not Look Down"
Short Time 1990 writer: "Roll With It"
Nuns on the Run 1990 writer: "ROLL WITH IT"
Black Rain 1989 "I'LL BE HOLDING ON"
Listen to Me 1989 writer: "Listen To Me"
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special writer: "Up Where We Belong"
The Land Before Time 1988 lyrics: "If We Hold On Together" / music: "If We Hold On Together"
Big Business 1988 writer: "Higher Love"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Date with an Angel 1987 writer: "The Finer Things"
Stakeout 1987 writer: "Higher Love"
Harry and the Hendersons 1987 lyrics: "Love Lives On"
Summer Heat 1987 lyrics: "The Heart Must Have a Home"
Miami Vice 1986-1987 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Flight of the Navigator 1986 writer: "Walk While In My Blues"
The American Way 1986 producer: "Send Jesus Some", "Fur Fly", "Stand By Your Man" / writer: "Send Jesus Some", "Fur Fly"
Short Circuit 1986 writer: "Come And Follow Me"
Violets Are Blue... 1986 writer: "One Day"
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video music: "La Vie Dansante" / writer: "La Vie Dansante"
Summer Rental 1985 writer: "Turning Around"
Insignificance 1985 lyrics: "When Your Heart Runs Out of Time", "Wild Hearts", "Life Goes On" / music: "When Your Heart Runs Out of Time", "Wild Hearts" / performer: "When Your Heart Runs Out of Time"
The Slugger's Wife 1985 writer: "RAGTOP DAY"
The Two Ronnies 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Swing Shift 1984 lyrics: "Someone Waits For You"
Splash 1984 writer: "Love Came For Me"
Fame 1984 TV Series 1 episode
The Buddy System 1984 lyrics: "Here's That Sunny Day"
All the Right Moves 1983 lyrics: "Blue Skies Forever"
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Austin City Limits 1983 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 "Up Where We Belong" 1982
Some Kind of Hero 1982 lyrics: "Some Kind of Hero"
Sharky's Machine 1981 as W. Jennings, "Street Life"
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special writer: "People Alone"
Sanford 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Competition 1980 lyrics: "Love Theme - The Competition People Alone"
Roller Revolution 1980 TV Movie writer: "Street Life"
Portrait of a Hitman 1979 lyrics: "Everybody Knows the Game"
Hot Stuff 1979 lyrics: "Keep It Loose"
Casey's Shadow 1978 lyrics: "JUST LET ME GO TILL I'M GONE"
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mother, Jugs & Speed 1976 lyrics: "No Love Today"
In My Life... Zsa Zsa Live Video documentary writer: "Celine Dion Medley"
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 writer: "Up Where We Belong"
History of the Euros 2016 TV Movie documentary writer: "Call on Me" - uncredited
Marcella 2016 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Greatest 90s Movies 2016 TV Movie "My Heart Will Go On", uncredited
Britain's Got Talent 2011-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Captain Fantastic 2016 Love Theme from tt0120338", writer: "My Heart Will Go On
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2015

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soul Shadows 2012 Video short music by
The KT Diaries 2006 TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gintberg på kanten 2011 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night 1987 original songs

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Origins 2014 special thanks
William Eggleston in the Real World 2005 Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Music of 'An Officer and a Gentleman' 2007 Video documentary short Himself - Lyricist
The Score 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Song
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Song A Beautiful Mind (2001) · James Horner (music)
1999 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Titanic (1997) · James Horner
1999 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television Titanic (1997) · James Horner
1999 Grammy Grammy Awards Song of the Year Titanic (1997) · James Horner (music by)
· Céline Dion (performed by)
1998 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Titanic (1997) · James Horner (music)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Titanic (1997) · James Horner (music)
1998 Most Performed Song from a Film BMI Film & TV Awards Titanic (1997)
1998 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Titanic (1997) · James Horner (music)
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Titanic (1997) · James Horner (music by)
· Céline Dion (performed by)
1998 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Song Titanic (1997) · James Horner (composer)
1993 Grammy Grammy Awards Song of the Year Rush (1991) · Eric Clapton (songwriter and performer)
1984 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Original Song An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) · Jack Nitzsche
· Buffy Sainte-Marie
1983 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) · Jack Nitzsche (music)
· Buffy Sainte-Marie (music)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) · Jack Nitzsche (music)
· Buffy Sainte-Marie (music)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Moulin Rouge! (2001) · John Lennon (music and lyrics by: All You Need is Love)
· Paul McCartney (music and lyrics by: All You Need is Love and Silly Love Songs)
· Paul Stanley (music and lyrics by: I Was Made for Loving You)
· Desmond Child (music and lyrics by: I Was Made for Loving You)
· Vini Poncia (music and lyrics by: I Was Made for Loving You)
· Phil Collins (music and lyrics by: One More Night)
· Bono (music and lyrics by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· The Edge (music and lyrics by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· Adam Clayton (music by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· Larry Mullen Jr. (music by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· Kenny Gamble (music and lyrics by: Don't Leave Me This Way)
· Leon Huff (music and lyrics by: Don't Lea
1993 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television Rush (1991) · Eric Clapton
1992 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · James Horner (music)
1992 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Rush (1991) · Eric Clapton (music)
1988 Grammy Grammy Awards Song of the Year · Michael Masser (music)
· Whitney Houston (performer)
1981 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song The Competition (1980) · Lalo Schifrin (music)


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