Speaking of her return to her Disney roots 22 years after singing ‘Reflection’ for the 1998 original movie, the ‘Dirrty’ songstress tweets, ‘ ‘Mulan has been such a special part of my life and this is a beautiful continuation of the legacy.’
- Mar 7, 2020
AceShowbiz – Christina Aguilera has made a return to her Disney root with a new soundtrack for “Mulan“. More than two decades after lending her voice to “Reflection” from the 1998 original movie, the five-time Grammy Award winner sings about “vulnerability and strength” in “Loyal Brave True”, which has been released on Friday, March 6.
“My new song, ‘Loyal Brave True,’ represents the fine balance between vulnerability and strength,” the 39-year-old hitmaker said in a statement. “The film ‘Mulan’ and the song ‘Reflection’ coincided with getting me my first record deal. It’s amazing to come back to such an incredible movie that’s full of power and meaning, and that meaning holds the test of time: staying true to yourself, being who you are, and teaching how to be fearless.”
“Loyal Brave True”, which integrated classic Chinese instruments to orchestral melodies, has Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan and Billy Crabtree as its writers. Hartman has also served as the soundtrack’s producer, while the upcoming movie’s director Niki Caro helmed its music video which is scheduled for release later in March.
The song hears Christina belting his powerful vocal in the chorus which dealt with the titular character’s self-doubt. “Should I ask myself in the water what a warrior would do?/ Tell me underneath my armor, am I loyal, brave, and true?” she croons. “Losing is easy/ Winning takes bravery/ I am a tiger’s fool/ Out in the open/ No one to save me/ The kindest of whispers are cruel.”
Aside from “Loyal Brave True”, Aguilera has recorded a new version of “Reflection” for the new movie that will come out in theaters on March 27. Through her social media account, she shared with her followers, “#Mulan and #Reflection have been such a special part of my life and this film is a beautiful continuation of this legacy.” She added, “And the #LoyalBraveTrue single is out now! Hope you love it as much as I do.”
On why Aguilera was once again chosen for the soundtracks, Walt Disney Studios president of music and soundtracks Mitchell Leib explained, “Her original performance of ‘Reflection’ from the animated film when she was a then 16-year-old unknown holds its appropriate place in the history of music and was a launch pad for her unparalleled career that would follow. … I think these songs will touch today’s moviegoers in that powerful way we saw 22 years ago.”
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