Kurt Farquhar

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Kurt Farquhar is a Los Angeles based–television and film composer. Farquhar is a seven-time BMI award winner, including four for The King of Queens.[1] one for The Game and two for Being Mary Jane. He is best known for composing the scores for The King of Queens, Girlfriends, Sister, Sister, Moesha, Being Mary Jane, The Game, Black Lightning, and Real Husbands of Hollywood. Farquhar's career is notable for having scored more prime-time television series than any other African-American composer to date.

A native of Chicago, he is the youngest of five children. 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. By the age of 12 Farquhar had already written his first symphonic work. During his early 20s, Farquhar performed with various jazz artists most notably Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Freddie Hubbard. In his late 20s, Farquhar was the lead singer of the band, Big Slamm. They released their first single "Livin' Large" on Modern Records. This song went on to become the end title for the pilot episode of Livin' Large, produced by Stephen J. Cannell. Farquhar went on to create theme songs and scores for a multitude of television shows and feature films. Farquhar is also the founder and CEO of True Music, a prominent music licensing catalog operating out of Pasadena, California, which has licensed music throughout broadcast and cable television as well as feature films.[2][3]



Title Year Network
Black Lightning 2018 The CW
In Contempt 2018 BET
Saints & Sinners 2016–Present Bounce TV
The Quad (TV Series) 2016–Present BET
The Quad (TV Movie) 2016 BET TV Movie
Media 2016 TV One TV Movie
Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story 2016 BET TV Movie
Zoe Ever After 2016 BET
Here We Go Again 2016 TV One
The Adventures of Baxter and McGuire 2006 Comedy Central
The Sinbad Show 1994 Fox
South Central 1994 Fox
My Brother and Me 1994–1995 Nickelodeon
Under One Roof 1995 CBS
C-Bear and Jamal 1996–1997 Fox
Smart Guy 1997–1999 The WB
Ned and Stacey 1995–1997 Fox
Cousin Skeeter 1998–2001 Nickelodeon
Sister, Sister 1994–1999 ABC/The WB
Commitments 2001 BET TV Movie
Moesha 1996–2001 UPN
Play'd: A Hip Hop Story 2002 VH1 TV Movie
The Parkers 1999–2004 UPN
One on One 2001–2006 UPN Season 2 & 3 Only
Soul Food 2000–2004 Showtime
Keke & Jamal 2005 Disney TV Movie
Second Time Around 2004–2005 UPN
The Proud Family 2001–2005 ABC/Disney
Love, Inc. 2005–2006 UPN
The King of Queens 1998–2007 CBS (Starting 3rd Season)
All of Us 2003–2007 UPN/The CW
Girlfriends 2000–2008 UPN/The CW
Just Jordan 2007–2008 Nickelodeon
Gym Teacher: The Movie 2008 Nickelodeon TV Movie
Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices 2009 HBO
Lincoln Heights 2007–2009 ABC Family
K-Ci & JoJo… Come Clean 2010 TV One Docu-series
Free Agents 2011 NBC
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World 2011–2013 American Heroes Channel
Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013–2016 BET
Dancing in September 2000 HBO TV Movie
A.N.T. Farm 2011 Disney Scored The Pilot Only
Single Ladies 2011–2015 BET Her|Centric/VH1 Seasons Three and Four
Being Mary Jane 2013–2017 BET
Light Girls 2015 Oprah Winfrey Network TV Movie
The Game 2006–2015 The CW/BET
Stitchers 2015–2017 ABC Family
The Fright Night Files 2014 TV One
Keyshia Cole: All In 2015 BET
Reed Between the Lines 2011 BET
Keyshia & Daniel: Family First 2012 BET
Soluna 2004 Scored Pilot
The Next 15 2016 TV One
Cuts 2004 Scored Pilot
Saving Jason 2003 Scored Pilot
In the House 1995–1999 NBC/UPN
Def Comedy Jam: Primetime 1994 HBO
Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? 2006–2009 TV One
Blendin 2006 Scored Pilot
Cousin Skeeter 1998 Nickelodeon
The Kurt Franklin Show 1998 Pilot
Claude's Crib 1997 USA Network
The Famous Jett Jackson 1998–2001 Disney
Matt Waters 1996 CBS
Dance 360 2004–2005 Syndication
Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is 2006–2008 BET
The Corner 2000 HBO Miniseries
Thea 1993–1994 ABC
Rachel Gunn, R.N. 1992 Fox
Roc 1991–1994 Fox
The Royal Family 1991–1992 CBS
Drexell's Class 1991–1992 Fox
New Attitude 1990 NBC
Jackee 1989 NBC (Pilot episode)


Title Year Director
The Counter: 1960 (Short) 2017 Tracy "Twinkie" Bird
Created Equal 2017 Bill Duke
The Perfect Match 2016 Bille Woodruff
What Love Will Make You Do 2015 Lisa Haynes
Dark Girls 2012 Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
96 Minutes 2011 Aimee Lagos
Lifted 2011 Lexi Alexander
Pastor Brown 2009 Rockmond Dunbar
Not Easily Broken 2009 Bill Duke
Cover 2007 Bill Duke
Miles From Home 2006 Ty Hodges
Gas 2004 Henry Chan
Room 302 2001 Short Film


  1. ^ BMI News: Kurt Farquhar
  2. ^ "Kurt Farquhar Composer". kurtfarquhar.com.
  3. ^ "News - BMI.com". BMI.com.

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