Known for his work as a cinematic composer, Burnett was responsible for the soundtracks of the movies Crave (released in 2012) and An American Haunting (a Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek feature that premiered in 2005). He also contributed to the scores of numerous other films, including Cowboys & Aliens, Spy Game, and Unstoppable.
He began his career in the mid-1990s, working as an assistant to the famous film composer Hans Zimmer. His first solo-scored movie, Possums, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
He composed music for video games in the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs and Metal Gear Solid series.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
He is well known for his collaborations with the renowned composer Harry Gregson-Williams.