Jeff Greenleaf composes instrumental music in numerous genres for several TV production companies. Featured in over 220 television programs, Jeff’s catalog of music has risen to over 1,600 songs since his initial publishing deal in 2008.
You may have already heard Greenleaf’s music on these well-known channels: ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, FOX, NFL Network, Lifetime, E!, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Bravo. Other popular networks playing Jeff’s work include: MTV, VH1, OWN, Discovery, Science Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Cooking Channel, TLC, The CW, BET, Esquire, Oxygen, Big Ten Network, and CMT. In addition, his tracks are often cued on: History, Travel Channel, The Food Network, Biography, Hallmark Channel, WeTV, Logo, American Heroes Channel, Investigation Discovery, HLN, truTV, FYI, and the TV Guide Network.
Jeff has released four albums as well. Sonic Shapes is a collection of twenty-one instrumental tracks written for TV production. It covers a wide range of genres and moods including tension, humor, electronica, country, jazz, blues, rock, and world music.
Jeff released two albums in 2007 – Chill Factory and Dragon Eyes. Chill Factory is a combination of chill out, world, and soundtrack music. “I wanted to record an album dedicated to relaxation,” explains Greenleaf. “It started out as a simple project focusing on droning hypnotic soundscapes, but it quickly morphed into something much more,” Greenleaf recalls.
While Chill Factory is decidedly atmospheric, it also includes some beautiful world music inspired from Jeff’s experience in the University of California – Santa Barbara’s Middle Eastern Ensemble, Indian Ensemble, and Balinese Gamelan. “As an anthropology major, I focused my cultural interests strictly on the arts, specifically ethnomusicology,” adds Greenleaf.
On Chill Factory, songs such as “Sleepwalk to India” and “Bali Sunset” take the listener on a musical journey throughout the Far East. In his second album, Dragon Eyes, the Malibu-based songwriter stepped forward with a stirring and reflective collection of melodies and warm, hopeful ballads.
“In the six years since my last album, I have learned so much about running a recording studio, producing, and engineering,” explains Greenleaf. “I was excited about the release of Dragon Eyes, because it demonstrated my ability in skillfully producing and shaping a musical moment.”
Watercolor Blues, recorded in 2001, is Jeff’s debut album. “There were some pretty significant changes at the time,” says Greenleaf of those tumultuous days. “At the same rate, a lot of my songs come from a kind of realism – not overly optimistic but just accepting things and being hopeful.” The strong undercurrent of optimism that runs through Watercolor Blues ultimately becomes its thematic arc.
Greenleaf also teaches blind children how to read and write Braille music notation. “To visually impaired children, sounds are unconfirmed by visual impression.” Jeff continues, “I just give them the basic tools they need to create their own wildly original music.”