Brandi Carlile Will Perform New Song 'Carried Me With You' in Disney and Pixar's 'Onward'

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Brandi Carlile attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Brandi Carlile will perform a song for the end credits of the upcoming Disney and Pixar film Onward. The singer was selected to sing the emotionally-charged song “Carried Me With You,” which will be featured on the film’s original motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records (out Feb. 28).

“‘Carried Me With You’ is a song about not taking love for granted -- accepting love even when you don’t feel like you deserve it,” Carlile said in a statement. “It’s absolutely wonderful to be a part of a Pixar film! I can’t wait for my little girls to see it! It’ll no doubt have all the wonder, imagination and creative life lessons our family has come to love about Pixar films.”

The song was written and produced specifically for the film by Carlile and her frequent collaborators Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth. The score from the film was created by composers Mychael Danna (Oscar winner for Life of Pi) and Jeff Danna, and was recorded with a 92-piece orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd.

“It’s weirdly and uncannily personal for us,” said Mychael Danna in a statement. “As soon as [director] Dan [Scanlon] started talking about it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. The whole story: father is an accountant and dies when the brothers are young, and how the relationship of the brothers is affected. In our case we were 19 and 13.

“As a composer you have to understand and relate to the emotion of the characters. You have to empathize with them and go to your own experiences. Sometimes that can take some effort, but in this case, there was no problem accessing all the personal emotion we have about this story.”

Onward hits theaters on March 6. The voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe and Ali Wong.


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