Beyoncé has unveiled a new song titled “Spirit,” the song will appear on her forthcoming album, The Lion King: the Gift, as well as on the soundtrack and in the film for the live-action remake of The Lion King.
So it turns out Beyoncé isn’t just lending her voice to The Lion King reboot, she’s also curating the film’s upcoming soundtrack.“This is sonic cinema,” Beyoncé said about the project. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip-hop, and Afro Beat.”
“The Lion King: The Gift,” an album featuring global artists & steeped in the sounds of Africa, produced & curated by @Beyonce Knowles-Carter, will release 7/19. “Spirit,” the single from the album & soundtrack for The Lion King, will be available tonight. https://t.co/IbMpQvJ97U pic.twitter.com/AA7Fxl7hb7
— The Lion King (@disneylionking) July 9, 2019
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continued. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”
Beyoncé voices lioness Nala and Donald Glover portrays the older Simba in the remake of the 1994 Disney animated film. The Lion King: the Gift will be released on July 19th, while The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack arrives on July 11th. The Lion King hits theaters on July 19th.