Bob Telson is an American composer, singer/songwriter, and pianist best known for his work in musical theater and film, for which he has received Tony, Pulitzer, and Academy Award nominations.
Among his best known works are the score for "Bagdad Café" and the musical “The Gospel at Colonus”, starring Morgan Freeman and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (go to the "videos" page to see the PBS Great Performances video)
His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Jeff Buckley, George Benson, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Etta James, k.d. lang, Shawn Colvin, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, George Michael, and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama.
Telson is currently composing songs with Grace Corso for their upcoming musical theater project "Bantu, Herencia Ancestral." To hear demos of this work-in-progress: https://soundcloud.com/bob-telson/sets/bantu-herencia-ancestral