Crystal Grooms Mangano is a unique talent in the composing world, having honed her skills across a wide variety of television and film projects. Her music can most recently be heard uplifting the coming-of-age documentary, Asperger’s Are Us, produced by Mark & Jay Duplass and directed by Alex Lehmann. The film premiered at SXSW 2016, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it one of the “strongest entries” in the documentary competition.
Crystal’s music can also be heard enlivening many projects across the independent film world. Her scoring work is featured in the upcoming film Black Widows written by and starring Jordan Elizabeth; and Forced Move starring David Kallaway and Jennifer Pierce Mathus .
In 2008, Crystal began working for Legativity Music, collaborating with owner and Emmy-nominated composer Mark Leggett, whose credits include NBC’s My Name is Earl, National Geographic’s Megastructures, and NBC’s The Pretender . Mark’s mentorship enabled her ascent in the television and film composing world. Crystal also composed additional music for several of his projects, including Discovery’s Penguins: Waddle All the Way and Time Warp, National Geographic’s JFK: The Final Hours, and Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden. Working at Mark’s studio exposed Crystal to an eclectic variety of scores from the blues rock music of My Name is Earl to cinematic scores for the countryside of Ladakh.
When not composing, Crystal also works as a music editor on several films and television shows. She has boosted the scores of American Romance starring Daveigh Chase, and NBC’s Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors starring Alyvia Alyn Lind and Jennifer Nettles.
Crystal attributes much of her sound to the creative freedom she received while studying film and music at Montana State University. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found training for an upcoming marathon or spending rare downtime with her husband, Chris.