The weekend might be over but you wouldn’t know it if you were at TIFF! Day Five perhaps is the grandest one yet with the Festival’s most anticipated title making its debut here after a huge splash in Venice, Damien Chazzelle‘s LA LA LAND starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The duo are set to walk the Red Carpet tonight at Roy Thomson Hall. Miles Teller (who coincidentally worked with Chazzelle on his first Film, WHIPLASH) also is set to make a case for Best Actor in BLEED FOR THIS, which debuts tonight at Princess of Wales Theatre. Down the road, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are set to walk the Carpet for Denis Villeneuve‘s Sci-Fi romp ARRIVAL at Roy Thomson Hall.
She never disappoints us! After teasing us with a surprise Collabo on her upcoming Disc PIECE BY PIECE, at last we get to hear the results! Kelly Clarkson teams with recent Oscar Winner John Legend on new Ballad RUN RUN RUN and you must listen!
Is it this year’s SAY SOMETHING?
Listen to RUN RUN RUN ft. John Legend:
Sony Music Canada release PIECE BY PIECE on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
After a victory at the Golden Globes this past weekend, a Video for Common and John Legend‘s Glory finally sees a release. The Track is featured in the widely-acclaimed SELMA.
If you haven’t heard the Track yet, check it out below in full:
After a successful campaign by African-American Business Leaders, Students across America have been granted the opportunity to see Selma for free as part of the #SELMAFORSTUDENTS Initiative. How amazing is that?
Learn more about the SELMA Soundtrack, now in stores here.
Paramount Pictures release SELMA, now in theatres.
Not only is the Oscar Buzz feverish for TIFF ’13 Special Presentation 12 Years a Slave, but the controversial Drama from Director Steve McQueen also boasts a stellar Soundtrack too!
Sony Music Canada and Mr. Will Wong want to give Readers a chance to enjoy the Music from what well could be Best Picture Winner at the Oscars! As an added bonus, Winners also will win a Copy of John Legend’s acclaimed latest Disc, LOVE IN THE FUTURE!
Standout Tracks on MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY 12 YEARS A SLAVE include Legend’s soulful version of Roll Jordan Roll, Alicia Keys’ Queen of the Field (Patsey’s Song) and the Alabama Shakes’ Driva Man. The Disc also includes a version of Roll Jordan Roll featuring Star Chiwetel Ejiofor, heard in the Film. Also, legendary Composer Hans Zimmer, who composed the Film’s Score, also is heard here.
Tracklisting as follows:
1. Devil’s Dream – Tim Fain 2. Roll Jordan Roll – John Legend 3. Freight Train – Gary Clark Jr. 4. Yarney’s Waltz – Tim Fain & Caitlin Sullivan 5. Driva Man – Alabama Shakes 6. My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise) – David Hughey & Roosevelt Credit 7. Move – John Legend featuring Fink 8. Washington – Hans Zimmer 9. (In The Evening) When The Sun Goes Down – Gary Clark Jr. 10. Queen Of The Field (Patsey’s Song) – Alicia Keys 11. Solomon – Hans Zimmer 12. Little Girl Blue – Laura Mvula 13. Misery Chain Chris Cornell featuring Joy Williams 14. Roll Jordan Roll – Topsy Chapman featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cast 15. Money Musk” – Tim Fain 16. What Does Freedom Mean (To A Free Man) – Cody Chesnutt
Listen to Legend‘s version of Roll Jordan Roll below:
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2013’s first massive Blockbuster comes in the shape of Oz The Great and Powerful and with its release right before us, accompanying this Prequel to The Wizard of Oz is a powerful Promotional Single performed by none other than Mariah Carey. Making a Track worthy of that Film’s iconic legacy was by no means an easy task. It actually is the result of several great Musical Minds, including Carey herself, Mega-Producers Stargate (Rihanna, Ne-Yo),Simone Porter, Lindsey Ray and Canada’s own Justin Gray, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with about the making of what could be a Contender at next year’s Oscars in the Category for Original Song, won recently by Adele for Skyfall. I mean by name association itself, James Franco‘s Oscar/Oz Character already has the prestigious Award written allover it, right?
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, success certainly didn’t just come over tonight for 17-time JUNO Award Winner Gray. 14 years into his successful career, he finally has the chance to write with a Megastar like Carey, absolutely shocked to be gifted the opportunity. “We never in a dream world considered Mariah Carey would do it” he says, “She interpreted what we had started with and turned it into Almost Home, a beautiful piece of Art and Pop Music.”.
This is not to say that Gray has worked with a roster of Unknowns all this time. After moving to London, England with his Wife, he padded his lofty Résumé working with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone and Emma Bunton (Spice Girls), before deciding ultimately to relocate to Los Angeles in 2007. He recalls, “I sorta thought to myself I really wanna be in L.A. and I’ve been coming here quite a bit. Finally I convinced my Wife, telling her ‘Let’s try it and see what happens!'”. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and appears to be on the verge of what looks to be a Career Pinnacle.
On working with Carey, Gray silences the Diva rumours, telling me she definitely takes a hands-on approach with Writing, stating “She was very involved. Unfortunately the way that everybody’s schedule aligned, it was hard for all involved to be in the same place at the same time. She was in New York, shooting Idol, she was super busy and we were all busy.”. Being on two coasts, I ask logistically how Almost Home was composed and he explains, “We would collaborate often via E-mail, through her Management sending MP3s and Lyrics back and forth. She would cut Vocals and send it back. Although I wish we were always in a room together, it really still was a very equal Collaboration.”.
Being physically in the U.S. hasn’t severed Gray‘s roots with his native Canada. His memories of growing-up here are fond ones with him listening to an eclectic mix of Top 40 Radio, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Buddy Holly, the latter thanks to his1950s-obsessed Father. In addition to playing an instrumental role in 98°‘s Comeback this year penning their upcoming Single, we also can expect to hear new work with Enrique Iglesias and John Legend, plus Canadian Talent including Victoria Duffield, whom we chat with last year. He tells us also to look out for Island/Def Jam emerging Artist Smokey Jones, whom he is working with closely.
Listen to my complete interview with Gray below:
See the brand new Video for Almost Home below:
Almost Home is available now on iTunes. Buy it here.
Oz The Great and Powerful is in theatres Friday, March 8, 2013.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/Justin Gray/Universal Music/Warner Music Canada)