Beyonce put her ‘soul and her spirit’ into her new song for The Lion King, composer Hans Zimmer has revealed.
The Grammy award-winning composer says the R&B superstar took her role as lioness Nala in the upcoming Disney remake ‘very seriously’ and he has hailed her new track Spirit, which was written specifically for the film, as ‘a truly beautiful song’.
‘She took this movie very seriously and just presented us, right at the last moment, with a truly beautiful song that was absolutely perfect for a key scene,’ he told Variety.
Going for it: Beyonce put her ‘soul and her spirit’ into her new song for The Lion King, composer Hans Zimmer has revealed
‘She talks about her soul and her spirit in song form. We’d actually done something else in that place, but how can you say no when a masterpiece is sent to you?’
Hans went on to praise the film’s director Jon Favreau and insisted that the filmmaker brought a lot to the story, which is a photo realistic animation based on the original 1994 Disney cartoon film.
He said: ‘Jon brought a heart and a sensitivity and an emotional connection to this film. Twenty-five years later, when the world is in serious danger of collapsing, this is a film that deals with nature in a grand and, at the same time, really personal, way.’
It was all her: ‘She talks about her soul and her spirit in song form. We’d actually done something else in that place, but how can you say no when a masterpiece is sent to you?’ he added
The Lion King includes all the songs from the original movie, although some have been updated to suit the voices of the new voice cast which also includes Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen to name a few.
Hans has provided new additions to the score and Elton John has penned a brand-new track for the movie titled ‘Never Too Late’, alongside lyricist Tim Rice – who worked with Elton on the original film’s soundtrack, which included the ever-popular ‘Circle of Life’.
Beyonce included her family in the album.
Both her husband Jay-Z and her daughter Blue Ivy are featured on the soundtrack.
Mimi Bey: It’s a family affair for Beyonce; both her husband Jay-Z and her daughter Blue Ivy would be featured on the soundtrack for The Lion King, named The Gift. Here Blue and Beyonce are seen last week
The 37-year-old entertainer voices the role of Nala in the upcoming Disney film. The Texas native has also produced and curated an accompanying album to go along with the film.
Lion King: The Gift features a collaboration between Beyonce and Jay-Z, who have been married since April 2008.
And their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, aged seven, also pops up. She is featured on the single Brown Skin Girl with St Jhn, Wizkid and Beyonce.
In the past Beyonce has said that Blue Ivy has a deep interest in music; she has also shared videos of the child singing.
Budding star: The seven-year-old was seen with mom at the LA premiere of the film too
Their gift: Lion King: The Gift features a collaboration between Beyonce and Jay-Z, who have been married since April 2008. Seen on Sunday at the London premiere
Beyonce and Jay also have twins Rumi and Sir, but at age two, they are too young to be incorporated.
And Beyonce will also have a collaboration with another A list singer: 32-year-old Compton, California native Kendrick Lama
Other names on the list include Childish Gambino, Jessie Reyez, Tierra Whack and Wale, and others.
LION KING TRACK LIST
1 Beyonce – Bigger
2 Beyonce – Find Your Way Back (Circle Of Life)
3 Tekno, Yemi Alade, and Mr Eazi – Don’t Jealous Me
4 Burna Boy – Ja Ara E
5 Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar – The Nile
6 Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Childish Gambino – Mood 4 Eva
7 Salatiel, Pharrell, and Beyonce – Water
8 Blue Ivy Carter, St. Jhn, Wizkid, & Beyonce – Brown Skin Girl
9 Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazi – Keys To The Kingdom
10 Beyonce – Otherside
11 Beyonce and Shatta Wale – Already
12 Tierra Whack, Beyonce, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, & Moonchild Sanelly – My Power
13 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez – Scar
14 Beyonce – Spirit
‘This is sonic cinema,’ Beyonce said in the press release. ‘This is a new experience of storytelling.
‘I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.’
She added, ‘I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline.
‘Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.
‘It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.’
This announcement comes after ABC shared a sneak peek for her interview with Robin Roberts for the Tuesday evening special The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight which airs on ABC.
The singer was in the same yellow gown she wore to the London Lion King premiere.
She she talked about how the soundtrack to the film is a ‘love letter to Africa’ in the teaser shared on Good Morning America.
And a first look at the album cover – which featured two gold lions – was also seen.
It was also revealed that the music video for her song Spirit will debut during the Roberts special.
Here she is: Beyonce gives an interview to Robin Roberts in her ABC special which will air on Tuesday evening
Golden look: A first look at Beyonce’s album cover for The Lion King: The Gift was also shared on Tuesday
She voices a character: The singer plays Nala in the Disney movie which opens Friday
Spirit is the original song created by Beyonce for The Lion King and the title track from her highly anticipated new Lion King inspired album.
The special will also include an interview with Beyonce, who discusses the enduring appeal of The Lion King and why she feels so strongly about the story and the music in the new film, according to a press release.
‘This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,’ she told ABC News.
Her thoughts: ‘This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,’ she told ABC News
‘I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,’ she said.
She added they used ‘a lot’ of drums and ‘incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America.’
She added, ‘We’ve kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your in your mind/
‘The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.’
The Beyonce-produced-and-curated compilation album, The Lion King: The Gift, is due out July 19, the same day the film hits theaters.
Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born.
Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny.
But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival.
At work: Here the Texas native is seen recording her part for The Lion King
Her poster: The star has already been seen in this image for the movie
Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own.
The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile.
With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
The cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon