NBC’s 2014 Olympic Coverage Features the Iconic Music of CCM Alumnus Randy Edelman

NBCSochiLogoTelevision viewers of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have a CCM alumnus to thank for the rousing theme music featured in NBC’s coverage of the games.

Beginning with the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the NBC television network has used music originally composed by distinguished alumnus Randy Edelman (CCM ’69, HonDoc ’04) extensively in its televised sports broadcasts.

A prominent singer, songwriter, arranger and film scorer, Edelman has led a prolific career since concluding his studies at CCM and has regularly seen his film and television scores find a second life in NBC’s sports coverage. Below, you can listen to the closing credits soundtrack for NBC’s Olympics coverage, which features Edelman’s “World of the Heart” and “Finale.”

As the Los Angeles Times has previously reported, the heroic music used by NBC to promote upcoming Olympic competitions was originally the theme for the comedy-western television series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. You can view the original title sequence for that program (complete with Edelman’s score) below:

This theme has come to soundtrack NBC’s Olympic coverage for nearly 20 years and has also been used in the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball playoffs and other major sporting events.

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CCM Commercial Music Production Student Competes in National Songwriter Competition

Commercial Music Production major Léa Verlin.

Commercial Music Production major Léa Verlin.

You can see and hear second year Commercial Music Production (CMP) major Léa Verlin in action thanks to Guitar Center’s “Singer Songwriter with Don Was” competition. Verlin is participating in this year’s contest, which is open to individual singer-songwriters performing original music and offers the chance to win a four-song EP produced by Grammy-winner Don Was along with $25,000 in cash.

Out of the nearly 10,000 songwriters participating, Verlin’s entry is currently ranked in the top 100! Each week, the 10 submissions with the most online activity will be selected for review by the competition’s judging panel.  Show your support by listening to and then sharing her song “Flying High” here. You can also watch her video for “Flying High” below.

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