George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. The summer after graduation, George attended the Atlanta Pop Festival, and upon hearing Joe Cocker perform "With a Little Help from My Friends", left his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll.
He became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Johnny Mathis, and Smokey Robinson; continued arranging and session work; and, as a recording artist, did four albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. The critically acclaimed George Clinton Band attracted the attention of a movie producer, giving George the opportunity to score his first film, Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin', and later, another Cheech and Chong film, The Corsican Brothers.
He developed his craft scoring "ninja" movies for Cannon Films, network and cable television movies and miniseries. The soulful, erotic jazz for Zalman King's Showtime anthology Red Shoe Diaries developed a following and brought more public awareness.
His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Austin Powers in Goldmember, and the hit martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel. Other noteworthy projects include Disney's magical The Santa Clause 2; Tim Allen's poignant comedy Joe Somebody; Kevin Costner's wild 3000 Miles to Graceland; the sexy thriller Wild Things; and the scary, yet romantic The Astronaut's Wife, starring Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp.
In addition, George has written several concert works, as well as collaborating on two other musicals: Smoky Mountain Suite (with Sherry Landrum) and Spirit of the Mountain, both commissioned by the Cumberland County Playhouse