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Josh Groban records new song for 'Beauty and the Beast'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, February 3, 2017  /  03:28 pm
Josh Groban records new song for 'Beauty and the Beast'

Josh Groban performs at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California, on Aug. 25, 2011. (Shutterstock/File)

Award-winning and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Josh Groban has recorded a new song for Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast

According to a statement released by Disney on Thursday, the song, titled "Evermore", will appear during the film’s end credits, as well as on the soundtrack. 

“Evermore”, "a soaring ballad” that will be performed in the film by the Beast (Dan Stevens), was written by long-time Disney composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and veteran lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King, Evita). Menken also provides the rest of the film’s score, as well as new recordings of the songs from the 1991 animated film. 

Groban said, “I am honored to sing this beautiful new song by two of my absolute favorites, Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast has been with me since my childhood and to have a musical connection to this new film makes me so happy”.

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The president of music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, assisted in bringing Groban onto the project. He stated, “Menken, director Bill Condon and I were talking about which contemporary recording artist could even sing such a demanding song, let alone succeed with it. Josh stood alone. His voice is a natural fit for this showstopper of a composition.”

Groban can currently be found starring in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, and Luke Evans as Gaston, will be released in US theaters on March 17. (sul/kes)