Vanacore Music is the destination for award-winning production music for television, film, advertising, and digital media

We are in the business of telling stories. Our approach is simple: you tell us your vision, and we make it come to life through music. We understand that every project is unique, sometimes less is more and sometimes it takes an orchestra. No matter the place, time, or character, our close attention to detail will capture the essence of what is happening on the screen, giving your project a voice that is both unique and memorable.




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Our Talent

Artists featured here are members of The Young Blood, a loose collective of Vanacore’s most promising young talents who still love and care about music in all its forms. The Young Blood allow Vanacore to bring an unparalleled array of modern styles and sounds to any project, and deliver solutions that are fresh, unexpected and immediately relevant. Vanacore Music is an award-winning production music company for television, film, advertising, and digital media.  We’ve been providing our custom music division, production music libraries and music licensing expertise to producers for 20 years.
Marcus Vaughn

An unpredictable road paved with twists and turns, along with experiences in the music business that span from all corners of the industry led Marcus Vaughn to Vanacore. He was previously a member of two major-label signed bands, toured the world (literally) on numerous occasions, and worked for some of Country and Pop music’s A-list artists (Sugarland, Sara Bareilles, and Lady Antebellum). Ultimately, Marcus’ love for songwriting and production led him to trade a life on the road, for a life in the studio.

Today, Marcus welcomes the notion of being considered a “non-traditional” composer, who enjoys pushing the limits of artist-driven material. Shows that he’s recently written for include  Down East Dickering, Swamp Pawn, Catfish, and Redwood Kings. When not composing for Vanacore, Marcus is an avid solo-artist, and producer in Nashville, TN.



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Shannon Gould

As a toddler, Shannon picked up a toy guitar and he never put it back down. By the age of 10, it was time to upgrade it for the real thing.  His passion for music only grew from there on.  He graduated from Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring and learned about the art of writing music for picture.  Soon after, Vanacore Music became his second home.

When he’s not editing music to picture or managing our extensive music library, Shannon is making music!  Most recently he’s written underscore for ABC’s Battle Bots and NBC’s new series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. Shannon loves the New England Patriots (a seemingly unpopular choice at the studio), and enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two mischievous Siamese cats.


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Colin Clark

Colin is a composer whose love for music runs through every aspect of his life.  Music first brought him to the guitar where he discovered he had a knack for writing songs.  It wasn’t long before he found himself at the doors of Vanacore Music, interning for a year before setting off to Boston where he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Film Scoring Degree.  Coming full circle, he returned home in early 2014 to the studio that nurtured his early ambitions.

For Colin, the writing never stops; it is just a part of who he is.  He enjoys writing in all styles, relishing the opportunity and challenge that the many different shows require.  If there is energy to burn at the end of the day he will spend it working on fugues, chorales, or anything else of interest.  He feels blessed to be part of such a great team and he is always looking forward to the next show coming down the pipe.

Craig Owens

Craig was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been writing music since he was 6 years old when he first picked up the accordion.  He is classically trained by Julliard teachers and has studied record production at UCLA, but has a rock n’ roll background as well – producing records, playing in bands, working as a recording engineer in top LA studios, conducting a 32 piece orchestra on the Eastman Scoring Stage…if it’s music, he’s done it!

He’s been working with David Vanacore since 2004 after he answered a call for an additional composer and got the gig. Craig Owens writes custom music for Vanacore Music everyday and considers himself lucky to be doing what he loves. He describes himself as a passionate, emotional, obsessively detailed, and bit insane – requisite ingredients for a working musician!

Vanacore Music Composer Brandon Thompson
Brandon Thompson

Brandon Thompson is living the composer dream doing what he loves for a living. Brandon has been part of the Vanacore family since 2006 when he fled the New York life for a bit of sun on the West Coast.  Brandon spent a handful of years on the East Coast, studying at Berklee’s College of Music and at NYU for his Masters in Composition. He began his career in New York  as a Music Supervisor/Editor on ABC’s One Life To Live and as a music producer for Music Beast Jingle House.

Today, Brandon is one of our top in-house composers with a handful of ASCAP Awards  (4 for Ghost Hunters and 1 for Beyond Scared Straight) under his belt.  But on top of all this, he’s also our VP of Music Production / Head Creative Director for shows like Big Brother, Wipeout and Beyond Scared Straight. When not in the studio Brandon is always looking for getaways, new adventures and most importantly family time.

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Our Work

Fast N’ Loud – Discovery

Richard and Aaron are monkeying around again as they flip old hunks of metal into treasured collectibles.

All new episodes Mondays 9/8c on Discovery Channel
Featuring Vanacore Music



Big Brother – CBS

Feel the tension as the heads of household nominate the four house guests that will be fighting for their chance to stay in the house. As Julie Chen says…Expect the Unexpected!

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader – FOX

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader is back and ready to teach you all who really is the smartest.  Our revamped rendition of our original theme song is featured in this scene, along with underscore by our team of composers.

Ink Master – Spike

With 7 seasons under its belt, Ink Master continues to challenge the skills of eager tattoo artists around the country. This scene’s music captures the building tension as judges critique and applaud the work that these artists have shed blood, sweat, and tears for.

Treehouse Masters – Animal Planet

Pete Nelson, the Treehouse Masters whisperer & builder extraordinaire, has done it again! Listen as our custom underscore weaves in and out of this storyline as Pete introduces the magical Box Troll-inspired tree house to a wonderful boy whose dream is about to come true.

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Vanacore Music Notes

Vanacore Returns to Realscreen 2017 Its that time of the year for all of us in unscripted! You know it, its Realscreen time.  We will be making our way to the East coast to spend a couple of days in D.C. for the annual Realscreen Summit, known as the go-to event for producers, show runners, […]

01 / 20 / 2017
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Survivor’s Social Experiment Continues As 20 new castaways were being dropped in Fiji for Survivor‘s latest social experiment, we started collaborating with a handful of talented artists & musicians to bring this season’s sound to life.  Even with 33 seasons under our belt, the sound of Survivor continues to evolve. This season, we traveled halfway […]

09 / 21 / 2016
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Scott Medlock + Robby Krieger Invitational 2016   Vanacore Music returned as a proud sponsor of this year’s Scott Medlock + Robby Krieger Invitational 2016. This is an event that is near and dear to our hearts. Not only does this annual event give us the chance to jam with some pretty cool people but […]

09 / 02 / 2016
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We’re knees deep in Summer and we can’t help but share some of the music that has our heads bopping this season.  Whether you’re in for some Olympic inspiration, folksy chill Indie, or tropic house (a genre that is sweeping the charts), we have a little something for you. Turn up the volume and don’t […]

07 / 22 / 2016
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The Emmy 2016 Nominations Get Real   The Emmy 2016 nominations get real with an exceptional list of Reality TV show nominations for Reality Competition.  29 shows, pitted against each other, will fight for Emmy voter picks.  Of course, we’ll be rooting for some of our favorite shows that are dear to our music hearts featuring […]

06 / 14 / 2016
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