|Born:||January 22, 1948|
|Birthplace:||Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S.|
|TV/Film musical score composer|
|Known for:||Work on various TV series, including JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Star Trek: Enterprise|
|Appears on/involved with:||Quantum Leap (TV series)|
|Job on series||Musical segments composer, 83 episodes|
|Awards won||3 Emmy Award nominations, 1 win (2004) for Star Trek: Enterprise|
Velton Ray Bunch (sometimes credited as Ray Bunch; born January 22, 1948 ) served as the music director and composer of the background music in various scenes in each episode of the Quantum Leap TV series. An Emmy Award winning winner film and television composer,. . Bunch has been nominated for an Emmy three times for his work, and won the fourth time for his score to the UPN TV series Star Trek: Enterprise (which starred Scott Bakula as Capt. Archer, the USS Enterprise captain on the series) episode "Similitude".'
About Velton Edit
Born and raised in the small, rural town of Goldsboro, North Carolina, it took a quantum leap for Velton Ray Bunch to arrive in Los Angeles to do what he does best – make music. With qualifications ranging from five Emmy nominations to working with Dolly Parton to scoring Star Trek: Enterprise, Bunch has shown a versatility that could only come from someone with such a diverse background.
At age 10, Bunch was the pianist at the local church, a church with a southern gospel influence. It was this experience that would underscore his musical offerings throughout his career. When he was not deftly stroking the ivory keys, the multi-talented Bunch aspired to be in professional baseball, providing him with his first foray outside of his nascent rustic environment. After an injury ended this promising career, Velton Ray resumed pursuit of his earlier passion and attended East Carolina University, where he obtained a degree in music theory and composition.
Velton Ray’s musical fervor brought him to California, where he first met Jimmy Webb (MacArthur Park, Wichita Lineman, Phoenix). Webb was impressed with the evocative sounds of Bunch and signed the East Coast transplant to a songwriting contract. Soon thereafter, Bunch was forced to move back to Goldsboro, where he taught underprivileged youth. After two years in the Head Start program, Bunch determined that he wouldn’t give up on another dream and moved back to Los Angeles. Bunch was subsequently introduced to Mike Post (Hill Street Blues, Law & Order, NYPD Blue), who was interested in recording some of his songs. Post recognized the unique talents of Bunch and used his pervasive influence to introduce Velton Ray to TV music, initially as a pianist and arranger for Ray Charles and Mac Davis. Bunch maintained success as a songwriter, evidenced by the renowned artists that would perform his songs, including Dolly Parton, The Commodores and the Oakridge Boys.
Velton Ray was soon scoring variety specials, resulting in over 25 critically acclaimed scores and compositions. At the urging of Post, Bunch began to score dramatic TV, first working on Magnum P.I. and Hill Street Blues. Velton Ray soon made his Quantum Leap, for which he earned his first Emmy nomination. The show was a showcase for Bunch’s versatility, providing a backdrop for his abilities in the genres of symphonic rock, country, rhythm & blues and of course, gospel. As a result of his hands-on approach and pleasant demeanor, Velton Ray developed a professional kinship with the show’s star, Scott Bakula, which led to numerous opportunities for Bunch, including Bakula’s current project, Star Trek: Enterprise.
In addition to his episodic television scoring success (The Pretender, JAG), Velton Ray has scored telefilms including his most recent projects, Flight 93, Three Blind Mice with Brian Dennehy, a Showtime picture What Girls Learn, and a biopic based on Senator John MCCain’s book entitled The Faith Of My Fathers. The current year was highlighted by his sixth Emmy Award nomination and subsequent win for the orchestral score for Star Trek: Enterprise.
|Primetime Emmy Awards|
|2004||Won||Star Trek: Enterprise (TV series)||for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) For episode "Similitude"|
|2001||Nominated||Papa's Angels||for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)|
|2000||Nominated||The Pretender (TV series)||for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, shared with Mark Leggett|
|1993||Nominated||Quantum Leap (TV series)||for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore), For episode "Lee Harvey Oswald, Part I"|
- Audio Interview with Velton Bunch about his time on Quantum Leap at Quantum Leap Podcast website