Stewart St John and Michael Plahuta are the composing and songwriting team behind dozens of instrumental scores and two new family musical workshops — Tara Tremendous and Spooky Troop. For Tara Tremendous they wrote 20 original songs, which were performed as an off-Broadway musical concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC starring Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Annie Golden (Netflix’ Orange Is The New Black), Mary Stout (Broadway’s Beauty & The Beast), Bart Shatto (Broadway’s War Paint), Brian Charles Rooney, MiMi Ryder (Matilda The Musical) among other prominent Broadway names. The concert performance earned a standing ovation and a subsequent workshop was performed in Alabama featuring Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) and Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2).
They also composed the score for twenty-five episodes of the #1 Kids & Family podcast series Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries, following that up with the score for Spooky Troop: The Last Halloween and Spooky Troop: A Very Scary Christmas.
As of 2019, St John & Plahuta have recently completed 14 new songs for a live-action feature film project.
Their partnership is unique in that they are both musical composers in their own right, though both of them initially pursued different career paths: St John spent his early career as a screenwriter, producer and director (which he continues today), writing on some of the most beloved children and family TV series and movies seen around the world, including Sabrina: The Animated Series, Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk and his original family feature Disney’s Seventeen Again; Plahuta, from Melbourne, Australia, became a successful attorney.
But music was always part of their journey: St John won a Philharmonic Original Music Competition when he was in grade school for his original composition, and later wrote songs for the FOX KIDS series Tom & Jerry Kids, which he was also a screenwriter on. He also scored and produced 13 albums of original music for the Sara audiobook series based on Jerry & Esther Hicks’ #1 best-selling Sara And The Foreverness of Friends Of A Feather book series released by Hay House. Meanwhile, Plahuta was composing and producing music throughout his time in law school. Their passion for music finally brought them together in 2015 when they collaborated on their first project, and they haven’t stopped since.
St John & Plahuta are now firmly positioned as a composing and songwriting duo. St John composes the melody and writes the lyrics, then both he and Plahuta work together to compose the music and build the song together. Both St John & Plahuta take a hands on approach and produce each song from beginning to end. They approach composing instrumental scores the very same way.