Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman take home statues for Nurse Jackie’s Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music; First Female Duo to ever win in category
Los Angeles, CA- Musical composing duo Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, commonly referred to as “Wendy & Lisa”, received their first, long-anticipated Emmy win for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for their work on Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE at the Creative Art Emmys on Saturday, August 21st. The category was almost eliminated from future Emmy competitions, but was saved due to an overwhelming vote from the members of the Emmy music branch.
“We’re happy future composers can continue to compete in this important realm,” Melvoin remarked backstage at Saturday’s awards, “Both of our fathers were composing alongside the greats for years and we’re honored to be the first Emmy winners representing their second generation.”
Said Coleman, “Even given our performing past, composing is what we’ve always wanted to do and we’re thrilled to receive recognition for what was one of the overall busiest years of our career. All of the three shows we wrote music for this year comprised a wide range of styles and Nurse Jackie continues to be one of our favorites to work on going forward.”
Wendy & Lisa recently came off a busy season of scoring three different series: HEROES, MERCY, and NURSE JACKIE alongside the feature film JUST WRIGHT, an often unheard of workload in the composing world. Steven A. Kennedy of Film Score Monthly remarks “[Wendy & Lisa] are able to find ways to communicate humor, melancholy or sheer delight in the briefest of strokes.”
The win also marks a relevant statistic in the historically male-dominated composing field. In the 22 years since this category was launched in 1988, only 5 of the over 200 nominees have been females, and Wendy & Lisa mark the first female DUO to ever win the award. On the subject, Lynn Kowal, the Music Coordinator for the Primetime Emmy Awards remarks, “As a composer and songwriter myself, I could not be happier for Wendy and Lisa’s win. They have such a solid history as recording artists, musicians and composers who have scored many great series. Women composers are so under-represented in the industry and I’m hoping that Wendy and Lisa’s Emmy Award will serve as a beacon of light and a call-to-arms for the rest of us to get out there and get BUSY!”
Wendy & Lisa are based in Los Angeles. Following a career that started with Prince’s rock band, they have been composing for feature films and television since the 1995 box office hit Dangerous Minds. Their successful track record includes scoring the films Soul Food and Something New, and recently Just Wright, as well as the television series “Crossing Jordan,” “Heroes” and “Mercy,” in addition to “Nurse Jackie.”