The soundtrack features new recordings of the original songs, which will include African vocal and choir arrangements created by South African producer Lebo M. Not only does the star-studded - and ridiculously talented - cast bring a unique spin to all the classics, but dynamic duo Elton John and Tim Rice have also written a new song for the film that we cannot wait to hear! Check out the tracklist for the soundtrack ahead and get ready to listen to the full playlist when the album drops along with the movie on July 19.
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Dedicating the performance to his grandfather Harold, who he says “taught me to sing with these songs” in the video’s description, Carmichael leans into his neo-traditional reputation, presenting the tender ballad in raw acoustic fashion. With his commanding baritone on full display, the Kentucky native delivers the whole track in one uncut take,
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His other credits include "Confess", which was recorded by Patti Page, Perry Como's "Surrender" and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 1946 hit "Mr. Wonderful". Weiss was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
A former president of the Songwriters Guild of America, Weiss, was born in Manhattan in 1921 and fought his family over his passion for music - his mother wanted her son to become a lawyer. He graduated from the Julliard School in New York with a degree in music and went on to serve as a military bandleader in World War II before becoming a full-time songwriter.
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