Chris Thomas is a composer for film, television, theme parks, and TED Speaker. He’s recently worked on film projects with Hollywood A-listers such as Kathy Bates, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Trejo, Rico Rodriguez, Luke Perry, and Zoe Bell.
Chris has written music for several Emmy-nominated films, and for Woman Rebel, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. In 2018, he composed the logo theme song for The Hideaway Entertainment. In 2020, Chris won the Hollywood Music In Media Award (short film) for his work on Imagine Symphony Live. He's been nominated for the an Academy of Film & TV Music Award, Palm Beach International Music Award, and he won the Gold Medal Prize at the Park City Film Music Festival, Best Soundtrack at SXSW Film Festival, Best Film & TV Music Award at eWorld Music Awards, Best Soundtrack at the RIP Horror Film Festival. In television, he worked as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor for networks such as ABC, FOX, HBO and CBS.
Lately, Chris has been in demand with the theme park industry. He has written music for the Evermore Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Queen Mary Chill, Dreamland (UK), Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Dent Schoolhouse, London's Manormortis, LA's Magic Bus Experience, and The Void 4D virtual reality games.
In the concert world, Chris’s works have been performed from Carnegie Hall, to the Sydney Opera House, to the Hollywood Bowl. He recently premiered a series of concert works at Clarinet Fest in Brussels, and Cite des Arts in Paris. His works are published with FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Publications, Walton Choral, and Carl Fischer Music. He orchestrated for the Los Angeles Philharmonic & Master Chorale's Easter Celebrations at the Hollywood Bowl, and worked with Randy Newman on his new album, Dark Matter.
He recently collaborated with the Invertigo Dance Theatre on their quirky Sugar Plum Jam at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles (for the televised LA County Christmas Special). His compositions have been performed and recorded by the Carnegie Hall Festival Orchestra, Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, University of Southern California Symphony, Angeles String Quartet, Central Oregon Symphony, Missouri All-State Orchestra, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, Fear No Music ensemble, Willamette University Chamber Choir, Oregon East Symphony, A-Sharp Youth Symphony and various American festival ensembles.
After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Chris left for the prestigious Scoring For Motion Pictures & Television program at University of Southern California's graduate school. There he connected with Hollywood's A-list composers and filmmakers, and launched his diverse and evolving career.