D. Brent Nelson is an Emmy-winning composer who has created unique and dramatic underscore for the longtime running Daytime drama “Days of our Lives” for over 13 years. Working from home with occasional trips to the big stage for live orchestra dates, he has created a complex palette of musical styles to accompany the many varied stories and characters developed through the years. This has included electronic styles, traditional piano / string writing, acoustic guitar cues, full-blown string orchestra and smaller orchestra ensembles. Even live choirs have been incorporated into the signature of popular storylines.
This prolific musician has also written and produced all the original set-specific source music, ranging from country, jazz, roadhouse blues, coffee shop acoustic, solo blues piano, dance club, strip lounge and industrial, just to mention a few. And it doesn’t stop there. Working with local singer / songwriter / lyricists he has created a rather large catalog of original songs. Many have been used on “Days” in place of expensive licensed songs. This year “Captured” performed by J.D. Webb and Rachel Assil was nominated for an Emmy for “Best Original Song.”
Other additional music credits include: Phillip Noyce's “Clear and Present Danger,” Barry Sonnenfeld's “Addams Family Values” - (special source theme), Peter Bogdanovich's “The Thing Called Love,” Penelope Spheeris's “Wayne’s World 2," “Friends,” “Hard Copy,” “Entertainment Tonight,” "The Daytime Emmy Awards" and “The Soap Opera Awards.”