Kurt Farquhar is a Los Angeles based–television and film composer, songwriter, producer, and founder/CEO of True Music, a prominent music licensing company. He has scored more primetime television series than any other African-American composer throughout his 30-year career. In early 2018 Farquhar enters the superhero genre with the launch of CW’s Black Lightning.
Kurt is a seven-time BMI award winner, four for his work on The King of Queens, two for Being Mary Jane, and one for The Game. Farquhar was called ‘the musical voice of BET’ for his work on genre-defining series for the network for shows like The Quad, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and the new series In Contempt.
A native of Chicago, Farquhar is the youngest of five children. He began playing drums at 8 and wrote his first symphony at 12, writing over 5000 pieces by his mid-20s. His musical education took him from the streets of Chicago to the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, The National Conservatory of Music in Versailles, France, and Eastern Illinois University, where he studied with noted percussion teacher Johnny Lane.
After a song that he wrote became the end-title for the pilot episode of Livin’ Large, produced by Stephen J. Cannell, Farquhar made the jump to writing music for film/TV. Farquhar went on to create theme songs and scores for a multitude of feature films and television shows including The King of Queens, Girlfriends, Sister, Sister, Moesha, Stitchers, Love, Inc., and Ned and Stacey – often writing on multiple series simultaneously. Kurt credits his incredible productivity to the fact that ever since he was a child, “I hear music all the time.” Once he learned about music theory, orchestration, and writing it was “a relief, as I learned how to write everything down.”