Jamie Messenger Bio
Jamie Messenger is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jamie has composed music for every leading Australian symphony orchestra, collaborated with many of the country’s most successful artists including Sia and the Hilltop Hoods and composed soundtracks to award winning short film and TV projects.
Jamie began his musical life studying classical piano. Despite showing promise as a young pianist, it was his love of orchestral music and in particular film music that turned him on to studying composition. During his time at Adelaide University Jamie learnt the art of orchestration, studying under leading Australian composer Graeme Koehne and achieving first class honours.
His instinct for orchestral composition and combined skills as both arranger and performer saw him working with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) before even completing his degree. Messenger soon became an integral part of the ASO’s Showtime series of concerts both performing and arranging. In this capacity he arranged the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Jeff Buckley, Muse and Radiohead to name just a few. His prodigious skill in orchestration and fast, flexible work ethic led to composing and arranging for every leading symphony orchestra in the country (SSO, MSO, ASO, WASO, TSO, QSO, DSO).
Jamie continued playing piano, swapping the classical instead for performing alongside many of Australia’s rock legends including Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool) and Doc Neeson (The Angels).
In 2005 Jamie teamed up with Adelaide born singer and songwriter Sia, performing on piano, singing backup vocals, arranging and conducting a cover of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android. The track appeared on the album Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads, and also featured on an episode of the popular US TV show The O.C. (S04 E07)
In 2006 Jamie began working with Australia’s most successful hiphop group, Hilltop Hoods, composing the orchestral score for the album The Hard Road: Restrung. The album subsequently went on to win the "Best Urban" Aria Award and achieved gold record status. This spawned a ten year collaboration with the Hilltop Hoods with Messenger arranging, composing and performing on their subsequent four album releases.
Messenger’s strong interest in film music was the inspiration for his first major commission, Music For An Absent Film. The piece was written for a large symphony orchestra and choir and the live performance, recorded in the Adelaide Town Hall, has been actively requested on ABC classic FM.
Jamie has composed soundtracks for many short films, four of which have gone on to receive AFI/AACTA nominations. (Spike Up, The Not-So-Great Eugene Green, The Orchestra and Reg Makes Contact). Jamie has also composed for television networks ABC, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street and a national advertising campaign for Choices Flooring.
2015 saw the release of a five year collaboration with director/animator Mikey Hill. The 15 minute animated short film The Orchestra is set in a world where everyone has a team of musicians following them around playing a soundtrack to their lives. The complicated soundtrack recently won awards locally and internationally, winning the award for Best Original Score at St Kilda Film Festival and in Spain, the Jerry Goldsmith Award for Best Original Score in an Animated Short Film. The Orchestra has won over 30 awards at countless festivals around the world and is now Oscar eligible.
Messenger’s latest collaboration with the Hilltop Hoods Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung was released in February 2016 and debuted at number 1 around Australia. Messenger composed the orchestral and choral scores for the entire album and in April was the Musical Director for the national stadium tour, playing keyboards alongside the Hilltop Hoods and Australia’s leading Symphony Orchestras and Choirs.
In 2018 Jamie joined the team at FremantleMedia to work on the television series Neighbours in the role of both composer and music supervisor. Jamie is also composing a soundtrack to a 7 part documentary series called The Bikes Of Wrath by Katering Show director Cameron Ford.