Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Kurt Farquhar is a Los Angeles based television and film composer, songwriter, producer, and founder/CEO of True Music, a prominent music licensing company. He has scored more primetime television series than any other African American composer throughout his 34 year career. In early 2018 Farquhar entered the superhero genre with the launch of network television’s first African-American starring superhero series…Black Lightning. In 2021, Kurt took on shows including CBS’ The Neighborhood, Netflix drama First Kill, Disney+’s Proud Family: Louder & Prouder, BET+’s Sacrifice and more.

In 2022 Kurt was presented with the Hollywood Music in Media Career Achievement Award. Kurt is a seven-time BMI award winner, four for his work on The King of Queens, two for Being Mary Jane, and one for The Game. Farquhar was called ‘the musical voice of BET’ for his work on genre-defining series for the network for shows like American Soul, Games People Play, The Quad, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and In Contempt.

A native of Chicago, Farquhar is the youngest of five children. He began playing drums at 8 and wrote his first symphony at 12, writing over 5000 pieces by his mid-20s. His musical education took him from the streets of Chicago to the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, The National Conservatory of Music in Versailles, France, and Eastern Illinois University, where he studied with noted percussion teacher Johnny Lane.

After a song that he wrote became the end-title for the pilot episode of Livin' Large, produced by Stephen J. Cannell, Farquhar made the jump to writing music for film/TV. Farquhar went on to create theme songs and scores for a multitude of feature films and television shows including The King of Queens, The Neighborhood, Girlfriends, Sister/Sister, Moesha, Soul Food, In The House, Not Easily Broken, Stitchers, and Ned and Stacey – often writing on multiple series simultaneously. Kurt credits his incredible productivity to the fact that ever since he was a child he says, “I hear music all the time.”