J. R. Speake (b. 1993) is an Alabama-born composer, arranger, and conductor currently residing in Tuscaloosa, AL. In the fall of 2017, Speake received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition while studying with Amir Zaheri, and formerly with C. P. First.
With an eclectic style and a wide range of musical interests, J. R.’s music includes works for solo, chamber, and large ensemble; acoustic and electronic; music for dance, and music for film. His works have been performed regionally, nationally, and internationally, notably in France while at the 2017 Zodiac Music Academy & Festival where his commissioned work, Bounding Quake, was premiered. An active collaborator, engaged in participating with other artists, he worked with violinist Davis Brooks on his piece, Caper Fair, which was released on the album Early Musings: New Music for Violin on the Navona Label, with international distribution by Naxos.
As a composer, J. R. is interested in connecting with people through his music, hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of others through what he loves: creating art.