2019 Special Tony Award recipient and Drama Desk winner, Jason Michael Webb is a composer, lyricist, musical director, producer and arranger. From conducting orchestras in Broadway pits to writing and arranging music for a President’s inauguration, Jason has dedicated his life to using music to heal, uplift and encourage.
Mr. Webb’s early musical training consisted of formal classical study, playing in small churches and listening to pop music. By 21, he had a degree in classical piano, played in the biggest churches in New York City and made his orchestral solo debut with the Queens Symphony.
He then went on to become Musical Director of the six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle, for whom Mr. Webb co-wrote and produced four albums for The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, leading to two Stellar Award nominations and a Dove Award win. His arrangement of BTC’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama and simultaneously heard by over one billion people worldwide.
Mr. Webb wrote music and lyrics for Kenny Leon’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, running currently in Central Park (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater) (also Music Supervisor/Incidental Music). His writing can also be heard on the hit TV series “Empire” (Fox), Netflix film “Juanita” (starring Alfre Woodard), recording projects and original musicals, including the new South African musical “WiLDFLOWER” (currently in development with NBT/Apollo Theater).
Mr. Webb will receive a 2019 Special Tony Award for his "outstanding arrangements" in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breathtaking play “Choir Boy” (MTC). He is also a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Original Music.
He served as Musical Director of the gorgeous Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning 2016 Broadway Revival of "The Color Purple", directed by John Doyle and based on the timeless novel by Alice Walker. Mr. Webb is now currently Music Director/Arranger for Cynthia Erivo, who won a 2016 Tony Award as Celie in the Broadway Revival.
Other credits include Associate Production Music Supervisor for The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox); Musical Director and Arranger/Adaptor for Disney’s “Frozen: Live at the Hyperion” (Anaheim, CA); and Associate Musical Director of Broadway shows including Berry Gordy’s “Motown: The Musical”, Alan Menken’s “Leap of Faith” and Jeanine Tesori’s “Violet” (also Additional Arrangements).
Mr. Webb has appeared as a Pianist onstage with Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Bolton, Cece Winans, and Chaka Khan. He has conducted live and recording orchestras from New York to LA, including internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang’s 2016 love letter to NYC, “New York Rhapsody” (PBS), which featured performances by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor and Suzanne Vega.