Behind the Groundbreaking Music of The Chosen

Behind the Groundbreaking Music of The Chosen


So when I first decided to do The Chosen and this show about Jesus, it was always under the idea that this was gonna be different. From the beginning was
going to have a hard time imagining doing this show
without Dan Haseltine. – It was a very slow dance to get into. Like, “So I’m doing this show and “it’s about Jesus, but
it’s not just Jesus, “it’s actually a very human story “about the people around Jesus “and the way that He affected them “and the way that they affected Him “and the way their stories
intersected and wove together”, and at that point I felt like, “All right, this is worth, “this is worth entertaining.” And I’ve always trusted Dallas. – And I got a text message from Dan and it said, “Hey, what are you doing “the next couple months? “I might have a TV scoring
kind of opportunity for us.” And I thought this is, literally nothing more perfect could happen to me right now timing-wise. And doing this kind of work, writing music to picture is something that has
been on my bucket list. – Most stories about Jesus are these, you know, they have these incredibly dramatic sentimental
orchestral scores to them. There isn’t an emotional moment that is left untouched by the music. Everything is sort of handed
to the audience on a platter. And I think when Dallas and I were talking we really wanted to create something that gave the audience
a little more credit, that they would find some
of those emotional spaces and that our musical palette
could be really different. – He’s usually trying to push
the envelope artistically and I was like, “That’s
exactly what I want “and I want you to have complete freedom, “there’s no rules on this.” – And we felt like what if we could tell, take what we knew of Middle Eastern music and what other tones
would connect with that. And we thought, “Well, there’s
something about blues music “and the way that you can add “certain elements of blues
music into Middle Eastern music, “that it all kind of works together. “And then let’s just add in “what is kind of maybe our
most contemporary version “of music that has come
out of oppression.” Spirituals and things that
had been written and sung during the heighth of slavery in America, and we thought, “Well,
what an interesting way, “if we could combine those three textures “as the core of what we made for music, “I feel like we can create “a very human sounding
musical bed for this show.” – This show is gonna be about kind of that mix of pain and hope. And that’s one of the things
that came from slave spirituals was this immense suffering but this also dignified
beauty that came from the hope and this belief that
God was actually present and that there was going to be rescue. That’s something that I think was also taking place 2,000 years ago was this immense
oppression and enslavement and pain and suffering, but there was also this beauty and hope that was emerging from it. And so I wanted us to
capture that in some way. – And what we landed on was this, just this great combination of noises. – Whatever instrument
it was that was sampled, it’s got some drift and it’s got, and music lovers out
there watching the show will probably notice this is
not really perfectly in tune. I don’t know if they’re
using a sample of something or if this is a live player, but it’s not perfectly in tune, which is part of the reason
we were so drawn to it. (brooding cinematic music) And then we’ve got a drone
texture that we brought in which comes from India
and it’s a drone sound and it’s essentially just one note, one note that keeps going and
droning under everything else. (droning cinematic music) That drone, I think for us, is a bit of a spiritual metaphor for God and that there’s this sound that no matter what’s
going on in the scene that sort of undergirds everything. And we’ve got some various
plucked stringed instruments, there’s some guitar and there’s a, there’s an octave mandolin. And then we’ve got various other bits and
bobs of percussion things that we use to keep the
textures interesting. This is an opportunity
to go to those places that are the bumpiest places where things are a little bit out of tune, where things are not perfectly in time, where the sounds are a little bit raw and
vulnerable and exposed. I think it brings out those elements in the presentation of the story. – This is what sets the tone for the show. Because we were trying to do something that wasn’t just the typical Jesus show, we had to create a theme song
that was a bit more startling. – Right off the bat, we wanted the audience to go, “Huh, this isn’t my
grandfather’s Jesus show. “This is actually something that, “even though it’s timeless “and even though it’s set 2,000 years ago, “but it still feels current. “It still feels fresh.” – We wanted to use a lot of the elements that we were gonna use
in the rest of the show and use ’em a little bit differently. And so we knew we were
gonna make something that had a bit of this stompy
clap sort of element to it. It would have some of that gritty blues
guitar in it as well. But we weren’t really sure what it would end up
sounding like in the end, but we just knew we wanted something that was gonna carry all those elements. What I love is that the
song is an invitation. In a time when we’re very divisive or people are building up walls that at the core of Christianity, the lyric “Ain’t no trouble
with the mess you’ve been, “jump in the water”, like all of these, the whole point was to
just basically say like, “You are fully embraced.” And to be able to kick off the show with that sentiment every time. In a way, to me, it felt like, “Oh, this is gonna root
the show in this idea.” ♪ Got no trouble with
the mess you’ve been ♪ ♪ You walk on the water ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ It’s been great to see how that song, however startling and
disjointed it may seem, starting out the show, is so connected and woven into
every one of the episodes. ♪ You walk on the water ♪ ♪ Got no trouble, ooh ♪ ♪ Walk ♪ – So at the end of episode four, it’s the climax of all four episodes. It’s the moment of release,
it’s the moment of joy. And so I assumed, because
He was so triumphant, that the music was going to end up being full and big and important. – For some reason in my mind I kept coming back to this idea of rhythm and just wanting it to feel like it’s a party. I wanted it to have a
little bit of chaos in it and I wanted it to just
feel like it was driving and it was sort of like the announcement, like, “Okay, this guy Jesus is, “like, “He’s pretty legit, “He’s doing some things
that nobody else is doing.” – Dan said, “I got an
idea for the sequence. “It’s gonna be in this, “I mean, almost in this “Irish jig sort of rhythm “and we’re gonna go in this
dancier direction with it “that’s more playful and fun.” – And I would sort of like
move my elbows and stuff while I’m trying to describe it to him. Dun, da da dun, da da dun, da da da. – And I thought, “All
right, let’s chase it.” (upbeat Irish music) – When it was sent to me,
the first draft of the music, I was watching on my laptop. At first it started, and
I thought, “What is this? “What, no, no, no. “This isn’t what I was envisioning.” And then within like
five seconds I was like, “Oh wait a second.” And I started moving, and I’m like, I found myself
actually, like, cheering. And my fists were pumping and I was like, “Yes, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!” Before I was even done I paused it and started texting Dan and Matt and I was saying, “I
don’t know what this is, “but it’s awesome. “I am cheering and laughing”, I actually was laughing, too. I was like, “Oh my gosh,
this is gonna be so great!” And so that’s one of those moments where the audience really
gets a chance to celebrate. And that when people say to me, “In this scene I felt so much joy “I couldn’t even explain it.” And I think that’s the
feeling that music provides. It’s this unexplainable
supernatural thing that happens. What Dan and Matt have done
with the music in the show is bring you to that place that’s not just an emotional place but it’s also a spiritual place. I am so proud of this show because it’s so much better than I am. And what Matt and Dan
have done with the score is taking the show to a level way beyond that I envisioned, and that’s a really cool place to be. When you’re seeing something that’s even better than
you thought it could be, it actually makes you feel really safe. And I feel really safe ’cause I know that I’m
in the hands of people that are way smarter than I am.

62 thoughts on “Behind the Groundbreaking Music of The Chosen

  1. First one ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love this show๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

  2. I absolutely love the music in this show ๐Ÿ’š

  3. The music is so addictive.. I've have download the music .the series is sooooo addictive it's perfect … BRAVO DALLAS bless u bro..yes your music Is spiritual ..

  4. <3

  5. I love this sort of information. The music makes a definite impact, but I have no idea what elements go into evoking specific emotional responses. Now that I know some of the things to listen for, another viewing may be in order.

    It was especially fascinating to learn that the exciting music that made me want to dance, laugh, and cheer at the end of episode 4 was not what Dallas originally had in mind! And the fact that it was initially conceived as an โ€œIrish Jigโ€ was interesting, because what I heard was echoes of โ€œBrincan Y Bailan,โ€ a Spanish language song, part of which translates into English as โ€œLeaping and dancing, the fishes in the water…โ€

  6. Here Before 100000 subscribers. More please! Also, Let's Be youtube partners xD

  7. I see the Chosen and I immediately click to see what's new Dallas. I love the stories about Jesus, having incurable diseases, The Chosen brings me peace & comfort, my heart smiles. I pray everyday and music, Dan & Matt is another passion of mine. You're all doing beautiful work & yes it's fresh & current. Please don't stop because I can't wait for Season 2. The music fits, it just fit's together so beautifully like it was meant to be, like it's the perfect puzzle. And yes, it's spiritual & meaningful, and it's uplifting and it shines. Bravo Dan & Matt for all the musical compilations, thank you Dallas. Amen, may God Bless All of You involved with The Chosen, those who sponsor, pay it forward or purchase merchandise. Those of you who are just listening and spreading the Word. You are doing Good Work's. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒป Amen & Amen

  8. This score palate speaks powerfully to the Jewish in ALL๐Ÿ’– Christians bc it highlights mainly the Gospel even when being told to our forefather's generation. There has always been Mercy

  9. Love the music in this show! Jars of Clay are a fav. band of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. The SPIRIT of TRUTH ๐Ÿ•Š https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book-standardized/paper-190-morontia-appearances-jesus

  11. Iโ€™m loving the scoring on this. The feel is very authentic to the subject and strike the cor of the heart for the feel of each scene. Yโ€™all got us all up in our feelings! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  12. I have seen The Chosen over 20 plus times. I host viewing at my house every Friday night and Sunday night. It still makes me cry, laugh, and just be in aww. There is no better show out there. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– I do have to admit during the week if I'm having a troubled time I binge watch. It my go to along with the Bible. Thank you Dallas,Amanda and the Chosen Team God Bless you all ๐Ÿ’–

  13. I love, love the Chosen, I bought my mom 1st season, I'm excited for the next season, I especially like it's not made in disgusting Hollywood. Thank you ever so much. Lord God bless all of us Amen

  14. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

  15. Gotta love that "happy humming" that underlies the words to the song "Trouble"!

  16. I love it. I purchased the music and when I listen to it, I โ€˜seeโ€™ the scenes and remember and Smile! Thank you soo much!

  17. Perfect

  18. I love this soundtrack! It is one of my favorite parts of this show and is one of my most listened to albums on Spotify. I listen to it while having my quiet time. I've also watched the Chosen so many times, I can identify which episode and scene the music is from just from the first few notes. The "Miracle of the Fish" and "Mary's Healing" pieces are two of my favorites. I listen to them over and over. A huge smile breaks out one my face whenever they start playing.

  19. Thank you so much for all the behind the scenes videos .. I connect so much more to the series because of them and my love for this show just keeps growing . Love from Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  20. I thoroughly enjoyed this! Wow such talented people. Thank you thank you.

  21. The music is so spot on from the chimes in episode one for Mary and Jesus coupled with the Scripture, the clink of the glasses in episode five at the wedding feast, little details. Even in the shepherd (while this is not musical) when the man in the synagog sends Simon out and grabs a cloth to clean up the blood on the floor, it coincides with the reading from Scripture, just perfectly. I was doing the same thing, Dallas, in episode four, cheering and crying and jumping up and down as Zebedee and his sons race over to help Simon and Andrew. Ever little detail is just wonderful! Oh, yes. The cellist for Nicodemus's meeting with Jesus on the roof. That young lady did such an amazing job! She does not live far from me either! That was exciting!

  22. Perfect. Is there any other way to describe the score/soundtrack? I absolute love it!, the clap, the bell, the voice(es), how the soundtrack is used, when it is used etc, etc, etc. Please just keep on keepinโ€™ on. I am in prayer for season 2. ๐Ÿ™

  23. If you were to die today are you 100% certain you know where youโ€™ll end up?

    The bad news: We are all sinners with a fallen nature. No sin is greater or worse than any other, sin is sin. God is a Holy God and he cannot allow not even 1 sin into heaven.

    โ€œFor all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Godโ€

    The good news, If Jesus could ask his Father to forgive those who tortured, mocked, blasphemed and crucified him what makes you think he won't forgive you!?

    The Gospel:

    Jesus paid for our sins so that we might be saved, nothing we can do on this earth can ever save us.

    Ephesians 2:8-9โ€œFor by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.โ€

    โ€œRomans 3:20-26 โ€œTherefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.โ€

    How to be saved?

    As a repentant sinner Look into your heart and confess: Dear God I am a wretched sinner, as I repent I put my faith that Jesus is God and that he died buried and resurrected so that his blood can wash away my sins I put my faith in that alone to save me not my good works in Jesus name I pray Amen.

    Romans 10:9-10 "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

  24. One can tell that God is in the music and it enhances the message.

  25. Lovely music thank you

  26. Makes me just want to go be with all of them and follow and learn. Wow love it! Father pour out Your blessings on every person that is a part of making this!

  27. Music, "the universal language," can make or destroy a presentation. What you have done with The Chosen's music beautifully enhances the story and delivers it perfectly to the viewer/listener. I "feel" each scene. Mission accomplished! Bravo! and Encore!

  28. The drone of the Indian instrument Matt speaks of is just like the ison in Orthodox Christian hymnology. It represents the eternality of the Kingdom of God. So cool!

    Here is an example from a recording of the Divine Liturgy. Ideally, Orthodox singing is not accompanied by any instruments. The low drone is the ison, which is in this case voiced by someone who can hit a pretty low register.

    Enjoy!

    https://youtu.be/OYg5D6gpe98

  29. I love the music. Theme song plays in my head all day. Can't wait to get the soundtrack.

  30. Thank you so so much! Enjoy the adventure.I'm praying for you
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  31. I Love it.

  32. Fantastic job on the music. Very unique. I would have liked to hear them talk about how they came to the repetitive theme of a woman's voice humming. Very powerful. Also, when I first heard it, I could have sworn the voice singing "Trouble" at the end of Ep. 8 was the actor playing Simon. I know that speaking voices don't always translate over to singing voices, but it seems very close.

  33. Thank you for sharing this video. I love all the hard work that you do. God bless!

  34. I am really enjoying the series, it has made want to read the Bible more, but with a different perspective as in, how the life of the disciples were before they had their encounter with Jesus! I canโ€™t wait for season 2!!! โœจ God bless! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

  35. The "Miraculous Cath of Fish" is my favorite track from the soundtrack!

  36. That drone sound is Sitar????

  37. The first time I heard the music for the opening credits I was definitely not a fan. This wasn't anything like I was used to as being part of a Biblical show. However, every time I listened to it I liked it more and more and now I love it. My favorite pieces are those that underlie the healing of Mary Magdalene in Episode 1 and the meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus in Episode 7. They're both so beautiful and ethereal and they move me to tears when I hear them. I love listening to the soundtrack at the gym when I'm on the treadmill. When I'm tired and want to hang it up for the day, I put on the music for "The Miraculous Catch" and imagine Zebedee yelling "Let's go!". It helps.

  38. Yes! FanTASTIC! Thanks for this, guys! The music is incredible hearing even these short segments in the video – cause joy to well up in my heart!

  39. The music makes The Chosen complete. It wouldnโ€™t be the same without it. Well done.

  40. Absolutely love this eclectic style of all over our world music…just like His global family and I believe this is what our Lord Jesus would chose. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ

  41. Please make a longer version of the opening song, โ€œWalk on the Waterโ€; It is an awesome melody and Ruby Amanfuโ€™s vocals are awesome!

  42. Sound is everything ๐Ÿ’–โœ๏ธbless u and your family & everyone who sees this message โœ๏ธ jesus is king

  43. I love hearing how these decisions were made!

  44. The music score to season 1 truly brings emotional connection to each scene for me. Each score brings the scenes to life! I feel closer to Him. Thank you for such amazing work. Bought the sound track. Canโ€™t wait to hear and see season 2.

  45. I love everything about this music…the ending song is so awesome , you jump to your feet and scream out Jesus rocks…and you know the world is already in big trouble….and Jesus is going to make things right!!!! That all is going to be OK now!!!!…I was crying and laughing at the same time, thank you for bringing Jesus into our hearts!!!!

  46. YAAAAASSSS! The music is what makes the soul connect… cheer… applaud…. ENGAGE! I couldnโ€™t love The Chosen more. Everything about this series is above reproach and top notch… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

  47. What a blessing this has been to me. The music hits me in my soul and brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for being obedient to what God has called you to. Can't wait for season 2!

  48. 10:54 is where itโ€™s at!

  49. Love how you write and create thinking of what -we will see and hear when we see the episodes the first time, second and third.etc. Exciting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. It really blessed me so much. Learn about Jesus so close to the word. Thank you for Chosrn movie

  51. Love the Chosen, seen every episode. If I'm gonna be honest, it could use some synthwave.

  52. And my favorite music is when jesus passes by Matthew booth…..and looking at Matthew face when he give the key back to the Roman…coooooool

  53. The Chosen creates an interest and awareness of our Christ the Messiah. We live in a secular world that excludes prayer from public places and schools. We yield to the threats and demands of nonbelievers and atheists, or non-Christian religions try to dictate what is acceptable and what is not. Dallas has been very mindful of his approach to representations of the Bible; and it is apparent he considers the objections and concerns of Christian viewers. We all have to show reverence and respect to the Bible; and when taking the liberties to use this subject as a form of entertainment, it is very important not to grieve the Holy Spirit. In all things we do, we must humble ourselves in the presence of the Almighty God. I think The Chosen has been blessed. When they step out of line, Jesus will send His message somehow; but otherwise, He sends His blessings. He could stop it at any moment; but to give Him glory and honor in this way, allows His blessings to flow. God's blessings to Dallas, his wife and family, all the actors, and all those who make this wonderful series possible. Praise and honor our Lord God forever and ever! He reigns in heaven and on earth!

  54. Paras Patel, your vision of Matthew is stirring, thought provoking, it makes the connection we see with the rest of the characters…well, anxious.
    He certainly is his own man, yet his fears are all over his face.
    We, the audience are concerned, intrigued, and holding our breath.
    Will Matthew be accepted, will he be beaten and berated?
    You bring much to the Apostle Matthew and to The Chosen.

  55. Anyone else notice how God is involved in every aspect of this show? Love the music!

  56. Thank you for letting us followers (as always) to see "behind the curtain," to see the inspired work being done on this show at every. single. level. This layer, the music, is so unique and special, and the show would not be as moving without it, and I loved hearing about how it all came together. (It's up there with the great film/TV composers like Michael Giacchino, IMHO, with how it elevates the action happening onscreen.)

  57. Right now, I REALLY need a quick clip of when Simon says, "I have tax debts; Andrew has tax debts.." ๐Ÿ˜“

  58. Iโ€™d like an opportunity to purchase this music. Give us that option, Dallas! We want it as a background for our lives with Jesus too!

  59. Yay!! Thank you for the explanation in closed captions! I understand better now. That's wonderful!

  60. As a musician – and daughter of a composer – I have loved the score from the beginning. It perfectly complements what you've already done with the writing and acting, creating this almost living organism that pulls these familiar moments from the Bible and breathes life into them into a way that is real, honest, vulnerable, powerful and somehow new. Honestly, having written and directed the show in the way it's done, Dallas had already made a commitment to a certain tone – and that could easily have been destroyed with wrong music. He had "jumped in the water" – and it soon became clear the composers had followed him right in! I love it!!

  61. I noticed that it refers to an App for your phone, but I don't watch videos on my phone. In fact, I am pretty sure I watched the first few videos that you released on my computer. But now I can't figure out how to get them on my computer again. Can you give me a link?

  62. Wow! Love it โค๏ธ God's hands are not only ON this project… I'm convinced their IN this project.

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