ABOUT

Kerwin Young is a premiere American media and concert composer, recording producer, and multi-musician. Kerwin was a member of Public Enemy (1988-2018), a core member of its production team, the Bomb Squad. In 2013, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 


Kerwin Young has produced notable pop artists as Mobb Deep, 2 Live Crew, Eric B. & Rakim, and Public Enemy. As a recording producer, he has also collaborated  and arranged for stellar artists as Bootsy Collins, Roy Haynes, George Clinton, Busta Rhymes, and Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.


Internationally recognized as a serious concert composer, the works of Kerwin Young include an excess of ten symphonies, concerti, suites, ballets, and an opera. His works include western and non-western instruments; representing a global approach.


Kerwin studied music composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a BM (2012) and an MM (2015). His teachers were Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Bobby Watson. 


Kerwin became a media composer in 1994, providing additional cues for the first season of New York Undercover. Preceding his scoring debut, he had already written and produced songs for major motion pictures: Do the Right Thing (1989), Green Card (1990), and Sister Act 2 (1992). Recent credits include: American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson (2016), Dirty Grandpa (2016), and Ruckus (2014-present), a weekly news broadcast on KCPT/PBS.


In 2017, Kerwin served as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Hip-Hop in Egypt, with Next Level. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Kerwin presented lectures and workshops on music production and entrepreneurship. 


Kerwin maintains a busy schedule composing, producing, and lecturing internationally.


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