A Multiple Award winning composer, a Billboard chart topping Jazz artist, Craig Sharmat has had an eclectic career writing for a multitude of TV shows, movies and jingles. He is also a gigging musician with the Gypsy Jazz band “The Idiomatiques”.
After key stints with contemporary jazz greats, saxophonist Ronnie Laws and singer Randy Crawford, Sharmat launched his career as a film and television composer—starting with a long term stint on Disney’s “Kids Incorporated” composing and arranging songs for future stars Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Eric Balfour. After segueing into scoring sports specials and animation series including “CatDog, Jackie Chan, MIB among others, his TV work grew to include everything from “America’s Most Wanted” and the ID Discovery show “Who the Bleep Did I Marry”, to Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Nightmare Next Door,” the MTV Movie Awards, songs for “CSI: Miami” and trailers for the films “Anchorman,” “King Kong,” “Spiderman 3,” “Ghostrider,” “Live Free Die Hard” and others. He’s scored multiple Disney ads, library music for Warner Chappell (including live orchestra dates), and games through Design Works. His most recent endeavors include background music for “Pawn Stars”, History Channel’s “Alone”, Theme and background music for “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and many others.
In the recording realm, Sharmat worked on rap artist Skeelo’s Grammy nominated “I Wish”; arranged and programmed for Rick Braun’s popular 2005 release “Yours Truly”, and did string arrangements for “A Peter White Christmas”, featuring Braun and Mindi Abair, and guitarist Blake Aaron’s album “Encantadora”. More recently, he produced tracks on Boyz II Men’s doo-wop oriented 2017 album “Under the Street Light”. He has also arranged for Yanni’s live “Voices” tour. Craig also won the Mark Award for Best Orchestral Library Production piece in 2018 for Warner Chappell.