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Published on April 21st, 2020 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Premiere: From TWENTIES Original BET Series Soundtrack, “Hattie’s First Day” — Music by AMANDA JONES

Lakeshore Records is set to release Twenties—Original Television Series Soundtrack digitally on April 24.  The score was composed by Amanda Jones (Cherish the Day, Home, A Black Lady Sketch Show), for the hit BET comedy series, of the same name, created by Lena Waithe.  The joyously funky music, described by Jones as “an array of hyper-active bouncy stoner hip-hop to experimental hip-hop,” provides a lively backdrop to the whip-smart and raucously funny show. Jones’ star has been on the rise with lauded work on the OWN Network’s “Cherish the Day” and contributions to the Apple TV + series “Home.”

“Twenties,” from Executive Producer and Creator Lena Waithe, centers around a screenwriter, ‘Hattie’ and her girlfriends ‘Marie’ and ‘Nia’ as they pursue their dreams and love, while testing the limits of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” in Los Angeles. While they live separate lives, the girls lean on each other for guidance as they navigate their twenties. Lena Waithe executive produces with Susan Fales-Hill, who co-showruns with Waithe. Rishi Rajani and Andrew Coles also executive produced. Justin Tipping directed the pilot, and, also executive produced.

Says Jones: “Having worked on the pilot before it was picked up as a series, I was able to really take my time working with series creator Lena Waithe, director Justin Tipping and pictures editor Daysha Broadway to craft the sound for the pilot and subsequently the series. The score swings between hyper-active bouncy stoner hip-hop to experimental hip-hop. Samples were often blended with live strings, drums, trumpet as well as my voice! I also looped and modulated my voice for certain cues to capture the dramatic nature of the main character Hattie and accentuate the absurdity of her world.”

Track List

  1. Hattie’s First Day
  2. Writer’s Meeting
  3. Nia Looks at Old Photos (feat. Emer Kinsella)
  4. Is That It?
  5. Inhale, Exhale (feat. Lee Harcourt, Emer Kinsella, Perice Pope)
  6. Enough Friends
  7. Twenties End Credits
  8. Finally Writing
  9. Hattie’s World



Amanda Jones is a Los Angeles based film composer whose music credits include the original score for Ava DuVernay’s anthology series, Cherish the Day for OWN, Lena Waithe’s scripted series TWENTIES for BET, Robin Thede and Issa Rae’s A Black Lady Sketch Show for HBO, the original main title theme for Tim & Eric’s new series Beef House for Adult Swim, Trolls 2: World Tour McDonalds Commercial, Nike’s Summer 2019 Campaign Sports Changes Everything, and the Oscar nominated film St. Louis Superman. Additional music department credits include: How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Oprah’s scripted drama Greenleaf which received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel / Christian Album in 2018.

Amanda received her BA in music from Vassar College studying music composition, production and classical guitar under Terry Champlin. She received certificates in film scoring and orchestration from the Berklee College of Music.

Amanda also performs as the singer and guitarist of the Los Angeles based indie rock band, The Anti-Job. Their music has received airplay on a variety of radio stations including, BBC Radio and NPR.



Lakeshore Records is a four-time Grammy-nominated independent record label, a division of the Cutting Edge Music Group. Lakeshore Records has released popular and classic soundtracks to such films and tv shows as Drive, Stranger Things, Moonlight, Lady Bird, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hurt Locker, Napoleon Dynamite and many, many more.

Lakeshore Records has released score albums from composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Cliff Martinez, James Horner, Thomas Newman, John Powell, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell, Rolfe Kent, Gustavo Santaolalla, Philip Glass, Dario Marianelli, Mark Mothersbaugh, Christophe Beck, Christopher Young, Rachel Portman, and Marco Beltrami.


Album Presave: https://orcd.co/twenties


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