Carole King and Jennifer Hudson Write Song For Aretha Franklin Biopic - Noise11.com
Carole King, The Plenary, Melbourne, Photo Ros O'Gorman, Noise11

Carole King performing at The Plenary, Melbourne. Photo Ros O'Gorman

Carole King and Jennifer Hudson Write Song For Aretha Franklin Biopic

by Paul Cashmere on June 17, 2021

in News

Carole King has brought her career full circle by teaming up with Jennifer Hudson to write a new song for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect.

The artists have teamed up for Here I Am (Singing My Way Home), the only original composition to feature on the film’s soundtrack – 54 years after Franklin turned a cover of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, penned by King and her former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, into one of her signature tunes.

Here I Am was co-written by Jamie Hartman and produced by Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am.

Discussing the new track, Hudson, who was personally chosen by the late Queen of Soul to portray her onscreen, said, “Music is such a living and breathing character in this film, as it was in Ms. Franklin’s life.

“The process of creating this song was like constructing the greatest tribute I could possibly offer to her spirit. It was the final exhale of this extraordinary project and one that I let out with complete fulfillment. Being able to do so with Carole and Jamie was an incredible privilege.”

She continued, “Carole is one of the greatest songwriters of all time, and whether we were trading stories, playing piano together over video conference, or working through lyrics, it was always a masterclass – both in life and music.

“Jamie and I have collaborated together in the past and it’s always so wonderful to create with him – he is continuously thinking outside of the box in a way that deepens the musical experience in indescribable ways.

“Our goal was to show that music was always the anchor for Ms. Franklin, in all that she did, and I hope this song illustrates the strength of her voice – both literally and figuratively – which always brought her home.”

And King added, “I was excited about writing with her for no less than a film called Respect in which Jennifer plays Aretha Franklin!

“I’m so pleased to have not just one but two songs as part of the Respect soundtrack: the 21st-century song Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) and my 20th century co-write with Gerry Goffin, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

The new tune is set for release on Friday, while the full soundtrack will drop on 13 August – the same day Respect opens in theatres across the U.S.

Franklin died from pancreatic cancer in 2018, aged 76.

music-news.com

Noise11.com

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Dolly Parton in concert photo by Ros O'Gorman
Dolly Parton Invested Songwriting Royalties To Nashville Community

Dolly Parton invested the revenue from Whitney Houston's hit cover of her song I Will Always Love You in a predominantly Black community in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

22 hours ago
Marianne Faithfull Montreux
Marianne Faithfull’s Vital Montreux Performances Compiled for Historic Release

14 essential Marianne Faithfull live recordings from her five Montreux Jazz Festival shows between 1995 and 2009 have been compiled for an historic release ‘Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years’.

5 days ago
Joni Mitchell Archives Vol 2
Joni Mitchell Recorded by Jimi Hendrix Track Released

On 19 March, 1968 Jimi Hendrix turned up at a Joni Mitchell gig in Ottawa, Canada.

5 days ago
Slim Dusty and Joy McKean Gone Fishin photo supplied by EMI Records
Slim Dusty ‘Gone Fishin’ For Father’s Day

A new Slim Dusty album ‘Gone Fishin’, featuring Slim’s songs about fishing, has been compiled in time for Father’s Day.

5 days ago
Zoot
Rick Springfield Still Ready To Reactivate Zoot Despite Delays

Covid has postponed the first Zoot tour in 50 years a number of times now but founding member and guitarist Rick Springfield says he can’t wait to get it happening.

July 27, 2021
Tom Jones, Forum theatre Melbourne 2014, photo Ros O'Gorman
Tom Jones To Tour UK

Sir Tom Jones has announced the 'Surrounded By Time Tour'.

July 27, 2021
Bob Dylan Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)
Bob Dylan To Release 16th Volume from Bootleg Series

Bob Dylan’s next volume in his Bootleg series will focus on the 1980-1985 period and the albums ‘Shot of Love’, ‘Infidels’ and ‘Empire Burlesque’.

July 26, 2021