Natasha Bedingfield on Her 'Tangled: The Series' Credits Song & Why She Relates to Rapunzel: Exclusive Premiere
Natasha Bedingfield lends her vocals to the end-credits song "More of Me" for Disney Channel's Tangled: The Series, a new show set between the stories of the Tangled film and the short film Tangled Ever After -- and it's premiering exclusively on Billboard.
The upbeat tune highlights Rapunzel’s newfound freedom and her connection with the world surrounding her. The chorus’ lyrics -- written by Andy Dodd and Dewain Whitmore Jr. -- say, “Whatever I want now/ I’m gonna chase it/ Who I am, I can’t contain it.” The words draw striking parallels to Bedingfield’s hit 2004 single “Unwritten,” in which she belts “No one else can speak the words on your lips/ Drench yourself in words unspoken/ Live your life with arms wide open.”
Bedingfield agrees, telling Billboard the collaboration was a perfect match, since she is no stranger to Rapunzel’s unending curiosity and excitement. “I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘There are a lot of experiences outside my door that I could be missing if I don’t get out of the house.’ That’s the way I look at the world.”
Additionally, the singer-songwriter has a lifelong connection with Disney, since, growing up, she was only allowed to listen to Disney songs and “a few '70s albums, like Stevie Wonder.”
“I definitely relate to the character in Tangled," she says. "I feel like every human being has the same feeling about them -- that there’s so much more to them than we know. We all want to be understood and we all want to be known. We’re all three-dimensional and have different sides to us."
Listen to the 30-second clip below. “More of Me” will officially be released via Walt Disney Records on March 24, and Tangled: The Series premieres the same day on the Disney Channel.
As for Bedingfield’s own music, she's working on her next album and is touring with Train this summer. She is releasing a single, “Love Looks Like,” in collaboration with creative production space Art House on March 30.
Bedingfield tells Billboard she couldn’t be happier. “I’m living the dream right now," she says. "It’s not about hits; it’s about having a full musical life.”