Dara Taylor has emerged as a fresh voice in the world of scoring music to picture as evidenced by her score to the upcoming Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar starring Kristen Wiig and Jamie Dornan, co-composed with Christopher Lennertz. Her credits include the Netflix docuseries Trial By Media, the independent film Turner Risk, the Karen Allen-starred film Colewell, for which she won a 2019 Hollywood Music in Media award, and most recently the family series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices for Netflix. Up next for Dara is the FX series Pride and the action crime drama Echo Boomers starring Michael Shannon.
As a score producer and composer of additional music for Chris Lennertz, Dara has contributed to major motion picture films including Bad Moms, A Bad Mom’s Christmas, the action-comedy sequel Shaft, Amazon’s highly acclaimed television series The Boys, Netflix’s sci-fi series Lost in Space, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Baywatch, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Pitch Perfect 3, Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, The Happytime Murders, Uglydolls, and A Madea Family Funeral, as well as the long-running CW show Supernatural. In 2015, Dara was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her score on the short film Undetectable, and in 2016, she was asked to take part in Women in Film’s Women Composers in Media concert. In 2018, Dara was chosen as a fellow for the Sundance Institute Composers Lab and the following year she was chosen as one the BMI Conducting for Composers Fellows.
Raised in Lockport, NY, Dara spent most of her formative years in gospel church choirs as well as school choruses, bands, and musicals. Throughout college at Cornell University, Dara became increasingly drawn towards composition and studied independently with Zachary Wadsworth and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky. After graduating cum laude in Music and Psychology from Cornell in 2009, Dara went on to study Film Music Composition under Mark Suozzo at New York University where she received a Masters of Music in 2011.
Dara currently lives in Los Angeles and is a proud Industry Relations committee member for the Composers Diversity Collective, as well as a member of the Television Academy, Society of Composers and Lyricists, Alliance of Women Film Composers, and Women in Media.