DeAndre James Allen-Toole
DeAndre James Allen-Toole is a composer for film, television, games, and new media best known for his original score to Julian Higgins’ neo-Western feature God’s Country—starring Thandiwe Newton. First showing as a 2022 Sundance Film Festival Premieres selection, God’s Country has received widespread critical acclaim for many aspects, notably including DeAndre’s score. The film will be released in theaters this fall.
DeAndre has also written additional music on 4400, Citizen Ashe, Reopening Night, Four Seasons Total Documentary, Future of Work, Cat People, Pride, The People vs. The Klan, The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream, We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, Nasrin, Torn Apart: Separated at the Border, and Dragons: Rescue Riders.
Driven by a life-long love of jazz, electronica, and experimental music, DeAndre is a Detroit-bred composer boasting an eclectic style shaped by years of playful musical exploration. In 2011, DeAndre began studying at Wayne State University before transferring to Columbia College Chicago, earning his B.A. in music composition in 2015. Inspired by his chromesthesia, DeAndre studied in the Columbia College Chicago Music Composition for the Screen program directed by Kubilay Üner, completing his M.F.A. in 2017.
Since graduating, DeAndre has enjoyed a lively career crafting music for diverse media independently and under the employment of many senior composers in Los Angeles. Among his growing list of accomplishments, DeAndre is a Sundance Institute Film Music & Sound Design Lab alum, a Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program grantee, and most recently, a Reel Change Film Fund grantee aiding his work on God’s Country. He has also received recognition as a Game Audio Network Guild Scholar, a Television Academy Foundation Summer Internship awardee, and a Columbia College Chicago Graduate Merit Award recipient.