Jermaine Stegall and the Music of Coming 2 America

Featuring: Jermaine Stegall with David Das

Composer Jermaine Stegall talks about the two-year journey involved in the scoring and making of Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to the 80’s classic. In this wide-ranging two hour interview, Jermaine talks about the filmmaking process, how he began work on the firm, and how he navigated unusual challenges to bring this film over the finish line.

In the movie Coming 2 America, we are transported to the the lush and royal country of Zamunda, where newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York, where it all began.


Jermaine recently completed the score to Craig Brewer’s Coming 2 America (2021) for Paramount Pictures starring Eddie Murphy, James Earl Jones, Wesley Snipes, Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones.  Over the years, Jermaine has also worked closely over the years with some of Hollywood’s biggest composers including Danny Elfman, Christophe Beck, William Ross, Marco Beltrami, Harry Gregson-Williams, Christopher Lennertz, Blake Neely, and Mark Isham.  A recent live orchestral performance includes the 2019 Espy Awards where Jermaine conducted a string orchestra alongside Grammy-winning Artist Tori Kelly live in Hollywood at the Microsoft Theater.  In 2018, Jermaine was asked to conduct the Camila Cabello orchestra live on ABC at the American Music Awards performance of her single “Consequences.”

Jermaine also provided additional music scoring for Christophe Beck’s score for the holiday Netflix Original series The Christmas Chronicles, and The Christmas Chronicles 2 directed by Chris Columbus (The first three Harry Potter  movies, Home Alone, The Goonies, and Gremlins).  Jermaine has also scored over 23 feature films, and the recent scores to “Proximity” (directed by Emmy-Winning Eric Demeusy) and “Canvas” (directed by former Pixar animator Frank Abney III), were both recorded at one of his favorite scoring stages, Skywalker Sound.


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