Disney’s Moana is coming to theaters later this month and, in addition to the awesome story line and cast, there’s one more thing we can look forward to – the music! Yes, the Moana soundtrack is definitely one to look out for.
In case you haven’t heard, the diverse and dynamic team behind the Moana soundtrack includes the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Tony®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter/composer who you may have heard of from a little Broadway production he created called “Hamilton.” The creative team also includes three-time Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” and the Oscar®-winning “Training Day”) and Opetaia Foa‘i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, a winner of numerous world music awards.
The soundtrack is set for release on November 18 and features seven original songs and a full original score, plus two reprises as well as two end-credit versions of songs from the film. One signature tune from Moana is “How Far I’ll Go,” written by Miranda and is performed in the film by newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho. The end-credit version of the song is performed by Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara. Cara is a Juno Award winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is a 2016 America Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year. She recently completed a tour with Coldplay.
The original song “You’re Welcome” showcases the colorful personality of Maui and was also written by Lin Manuel Miranda and performed by Dwayne Johnson in the film, Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher teams up with Miranda for the end-credit version of “You’re Welcome.” After a breakout performance in the Emmy® Award-winning production of Grease: Live, Jordan Fisher released his debut single, “All About Us,” which soared to the top of the Billboard Pop charts. Fisher, who recently opened for Alicia Keys at this year’s Apple Music Festival, has joined the Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” and is set to release his full-length album in 2017.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. View the official trailer below: