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 on Netflix, Asperger’s Are Us, produced by Mark & Jay Duplass and directed by Alex Lehmann. The score was nominated for a Hollywood Music & Media Award for best documentary score.
Crystal’s music can also be heard enlivening many projects across the independent film world. Her scoring work is featured in the films Black Widows written by and starring Jordan Elizabeth; and Forced Move starring David Kallaway and Jennifer Pierce Mathus. Upcoming film releases include the independent feature Across the Ocean, the documentary The Repository, and the feature thriller Follow Me starring Keegan Allen.
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, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, andThe 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 supervisor for film and television. Most recently she has contributed to the soundtrack for the Netflix series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, the independent feature film Don't Tell a Soul starring Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Rainn Wilson and Mena Suvari, the independent film We Are Unsatisfied starring Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz, and the feature documentary Cold Blue directed by Erik Nelson and produced by Paul Allen
Crystal attributes much of her sound and musical approach 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.