Welcome to the website of Grammy nominated and Emmy winning arranger/composer Chris McDonald.
Artists he has arranged for include Carrie Underwood, Ricardo Arjona, Louis Fonsi, Jennifer Holliday, Gaby Moreno, Martina McBride, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Amy Grant, Kirk Franklin, Sara Evans, Patti Austin, and scores of others. His arrangements have been recorded by orchestras all over the world, and he is frequently called upon to conduct large studio orchestras including the 80 piece orchestra on Matchbox 20’s “Mad Season” project.
He has orchestrated scores for several major motion pictures, among them the 2001 release, “All The Pretty Horses” which was nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical score.
Chris’ award winning music embodies many genres including big band jazz, salsa, pop, country and rock. With more than 6,000 recording sessions to his credit, his stylistic versatility, while retaining a unique voice, consistently adds to every project he undertakes.
A list of Chris’ Artist Album credits is available here
Film Orchestration Credits
“THE WOMAN AT JACOB’S WELL”
“HORTON HEARS A WHO” (theatrical trailer)
“AN UNFINISHED LIFE” (Jennifer Lopez/Robert Redford/Morgan Freeman)
“SEABISCUIT” (additional music)
“REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES” (additional music)
“FUN WITH DICK AND JANE” (additional music)
“ALL THE PRETTY HORSES” (Matt Damon/Penelope Cruz)(Golden Globe nominee- Best original score)
“SIOUX CITY” (Lou Diamond Phillips)
“ERNEST/ SCARED STUPID”
“ERNEST RIDES AGAIN”
“ERNEST GOES TO SCHOOL”
Commercial and TV Music
Chris’ compositions and arrangements can be heard in music for:
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS(2019) Opening production number with Trisha Yearwood, Finale with cast
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS(2018) Opening production number with Reba McEntire
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS(2017) Dustin Lynch
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS(2016) Opening production number with Jennifer Nettles
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS(2015) Opening production number with Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS(2013) Opening production number with Kellie Pickler
DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS (2017) arranger/orchestrator for Hollywood Boulevard background music.
SEAWORLD ORLANDO(2021) Composer/orchestrator for Sea Lion/Otter show
SEAWORLD ORLANDO(2017) Composer/orchestrator for “POP” featuring Fan Yang.
SEAWORLD ORLANDO(2017) Orchestrator for fireworks show
YOU SHOULD DREAM-THE TEXAS TENORS (PBS-Emmy Award to Chris for composing/arranging)
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB (The History Channel)
A CAPITOL FOURTH (National Symphony Orchestra on PBS)(2012,2013,2015,2016)
WILD ON THE RIVIERA
E NEWS LIVE
ABC COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BUSCH NATURAL LITE
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
REGIS & KELLY
’92 OLYMPICS (CLOSING CEREMONY)
MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM
THE HISTORY CHANNEL
THIRD NATIONAL BANK
CNN/TALK BACK LIVE
THE PAMPERED CHEF