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Preview Jhené Aiko's 'Lead the Way' in Disney's 'Raya and the Last Dragon' First Look

Jhené Aiko
Gizelle Hernandez

Jhené Aiko photographed Oct. 19 at Hubble Studio in Los Angeles.
Styling by X.S. Studio. Hair by Jazmine Harris. Makeup by Juanice Reed. Set Design by Daniel Luna.
Aiko wears an R13 top and Vivienne Westwood bustier.

Jhené Aiko wrote and performed the new song "Lead the Way" for Disney's upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon film, and now fans can hear a minute of it.

A brand-new first look of the film premiered Friday (Feb. 19), in which the Grammy-nominated R&B singer's triumphant anthem echoes in the background. "Lead the Way" will be featured on the soundtrack album Raya and the Last Dragon (Music From the Disney+ Film), which will be available digitally Feb. 26 ahead of the film's premiere on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters March 5. Premier Access for Raya and the Last Dragon will cost $29.99.

Aiko is currently up for three 2021 Grammy nominations, with her third solo album Chilombo snagging two nods for album of the year and best progressive R&B album and her John Legend collaboration "Lightning & Thunder" going for best R&B performance.

Carlos López Estrada, one of the Raya and the Last Dragon directors, directed the accompanying visual for the "Lead the Way" music video, which will be released next month. Oscar-nominated and Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer James Newton Howard created the original score for the animated film about a lone warrior named Raya who embarks on a quest to find the legendary last dragon so they can save the fantasy world of Kumandra from an ancient evil force.

Listen to a snippet of "Lead the Way" below.