Biola University Professor Plays Guitar on Grammy Winning Film Soundtrack

Professor Jeff Askew plays on the Greatest Showman soundtrack, which won “Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media”

May. 21, 2019 By Bella Burchett

Biola University’s professor of guitar and commercial music, Jeff Askew, plays guitar on the film soundtrack of “The Greatest Showman,” which received two Grammy nominations and one award this year. The song “This Is Me” received a nomination for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.” The full soundtrack was nominated for and won “Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.”


“I'm truly honored to have been a part of this project. I'm blown away by its success,” said Askew.


The song “This is Me” also won the award for “The Best Original Song” from the 2018 Golden Globes and was nominated for “Original Song” by the 2018 Academy Awards and “Best Song” from the 2018 Critics’ Choice awards.


Askew has dedicated much of his career to music education. He has a background in music ensemble, guitar and sound production. At Biola, he received both his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance. Askew has performed and recorded with numerous musical artists and theatre productions. Including many notable companies such as NBC, Disney, Pixar and Warner Brothers.


Biola University’s commercial music concentration is designed for students who want to pursue a career in the secular or Christian music industry. The courses offered are taught by some of the top professional musicians in Southern California, and give each student the hands-on experience that is needed to prepare them for a career in today’s music industry.


Apply for Biola’s music program with a concentration in commercial music online.


Written by Bella Burchett, media relations intern. For more information, contact Jenna Loumagne, manager of media relations, at (562) 777-4061 or


  • Betty and Stan Askew May. 30, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    We are so proud of all you have accomplished and your love for music, teaching and performing. We are so happy that you are such a dedicated young man. love to you, mom and dad

  • David and Cindy Heminger May. 31, 2019 at 4:26 AM

    Jeff is an amazing talent. We have watched him grow over many years as a musician, teacher, father, husband, and Christian. We are very proud of him!

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