Through his Los Angeles-based company, Augury, Ballard is currentlydeveloping a diverse slate of projects in which music plays a central role.
His most recent project is a Netflix Original series called The Eddy: a music-driven and multicultural drama about a jazz band trying to survive in chaotic modern-day Paris. Ballard will write and compose original music for the show, as well as executive produce.
Expanding on his successful theater background (Ballard wrote original lyrics and music for GHOST the Musical -- now in its eighth year of world-wide presentation), he is developing a stage adaptation of 1985’s Back to the Future. In collaboration with film composer Alan Silvestri, Ballard is creating original music and lyrics for the production.
Ballard is also writing songs for the stage version of the 1979 movie The Rose, with a book by Kelly Marcel and Gail Berman and The Jackal Group producing.
In addition, Augury has a movie musical in development called Queen of Souls, an original story of Marie Laveau the Voudou Queen of New Orleans with French-based production partner, Charades.
Ballard produced and co-wrote Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” (33 million worldwide, four Grammys, and named Best Album of the Decade by Billboard Magazine), and a musical called Jagged Little Pill will debut on Broadway this fall (2019) with Diane Paulus directing and a book by Cody Diablo.
He has written and produced songs for Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Shakira, Idina Menzel, George Benson, George Straight, Wilson Phillips, Van Halen, Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli and many others. His production credits include producing and arranging records for Annie Lennox, No Doubt and POD.
Ballard co-wrote and arranged “Man in the Mirror” for Michael Jackson, and co-wrote and produced the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated song “Believe” (Josh Groban) for the feature film The Polar Express.
His work in film includes composing original songs for Charlotte’s Web, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, The Croods, The Mummy’s Return and Valentine’s Day.