Lenny Williams has composed original music for over a thousand documentary films, winning national Emmy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2015 in the category Outstanding Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound. He has been nominated for the award 11 times.

Since 1995 he has worked extensively with National Geographic Television and Film, the Discovery Channel, WNET, CNN, TLC, PBS, A&E, Animal Planet and The History Channel. He has won five BMI awards and contributed music to two Grammy award-winning recordings. He has also won a Teton award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (2007) for Outstanding Musical Score and a Panda Award for Best Music in 2008 from Wildscreen.

Lenny Williams graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1983 with a BM degree in music composition. Soon after graduation he began a career as a jazz pianist and composer in Washington, D.C. He eventually became a regular performer at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and for productions of nationally touring musicals.

From 1993 to the present he has been a full time pianist with the D.C.-based political satire group ‘The Capitol Steps’. From 1988 to 1996 he was the pianist for the late Eva Cassidy, whose posthumous recordings have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. In 2006 he coproduced ‘My Life’ for vocalist Grace Griffith and it received the ‘Album of the Year’ award by the Washington Area Music Association. In 2015 he coproduced recordings for Susan Boyle for Simon Cowell on the SYCO record label.

He currently resides in Kensington, Md.

Awards and Nominations

Haunt of the Hippo
National Geographic Television
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2001

Hornets from Hell
National Geographic Television
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2002

On Thin Ice
National Geographic Television
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2004

Deadly Love
National Geographic Television
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2005

Christmas in Yellowstone
Nature/PBS
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2006
Wildscreen Panda Award, Best Music Score 2008
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Best Original Music Score 2007

Battle of the Arctic Giants
National Geographic Television
Nominated, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2004

Superpride
National Geographic Television
Emmy Nominated, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2008

An Original DUCKumentary
Nature/PBS
Emmy Nominated, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2012
Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming 2012

Untamed Americas
National Geographic Channel
Emmy Nominated, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound, 2012

Notable Projects
 

Nature (TV Series)
WNET/PBS, 29 episodes

National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (TV Series)
National Geographic Channel, 150+ episodes

The Incredible Dr. Pol (TV Series)
Nat Geo WILD, Seasons 2, 3 & 4

Dogtown (TV Series)
Nat Geo WILD, all sesaons

Snake Salvation (TV Series)
National Geographic Channel, Season 1

America the Wild (TV Series)
Nat Geo WILD, Season 4

Mystery Files (TV Series)
National Geographic Channel, Seasons 1 and 2

America's Wild Spaces (TV Series)
Nat Geo WILD, 8 episodes

Bug Attack (TV Series)
National Geographic Channel, 4 episodes

Harvest of Empire (Award-winning feature documentary) (2012)

Angkor: Land of the Gods (TV Mini-Series Documentary) (2011)
Smithsonian Channel

Secret Weapon of the Confederacy (TV Movie Documentary) (2011)
National Geographic Channel

9/11: Where Were You? (TV Movie Documentary) (2011)
National Geographic Television

Undercover History (TV Series):
Lincoln: American Mastermind (2009)
National Geographic Channel

As We Forgive (Documentary Movie) (2008)
Best Documentary Winner, student Academy Awards 2008

Killer Stress
National Geographic Television Special (2008)

Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty (TV Movie Documentary) (2007)
National Geographic Channel

After Jesus: The First Christians (2006)
CNN Presents

Predators at War (TV Movie Documentary) (2005)
National Geographic Television
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming, 2005

Wolf Pack (TV Movie Documentary) (2004)
National Geographic Television/MSNBC
Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming, 2004

Search for the Afghan Girl (TV Movie Documentary) (2003)
National Geographic Television

Psychic Detectives (TV series)
Court TV/TRUTV, 24+ episodes

Real Cowboys (TV series)
History Channel, 4 episodes

A Tale of Two Schools
WETA/PBS

Torturing Democracy
PBS

A Crime of Insanity
Frontline WBGH/PBS

Border Jumpers
Wide Angle /PBS

The Legend of Pale Male (Award-winning Feature Documentary)
Balcony Entertainment/ Bird Jail Productions

Body Of Evidence (TV series)
Court TV/TRUTV, All Seasons

See additional titles on imdb.com.

Aftermath

Body Parts

Cafe

Chamber Music

Duck March

Encounter

Epic Battle

Fire

Getting Through the Darkness

Goofy Montage

Hippos

Horror Show

In the Autumn

Lab at Night

Mystery Files

Nature Promo

Neo Noir

Lenny’s studio in the Washington, DC suburb of Kensington, Maryland features a full recording studio with state-of-the-art digital capabilities. Services include original music composition and recording facilities for documentaries and feature films, advertising campaigns (tv and radio), corporate and promotional videos, radio spots, and voice over for narration.

Lenny Williams | HLW Music LLC
4212-2B Howard Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
lenny@hlwmusic.com

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