Multi-platinum international recording artist and songwriter Josh Groban has recorded an all-new original song, â€œEvermore,â€ for Disneyâ€™s live-action â€œBeauty and the Beast.â€ The song will appear in the filmâ€™s end credits as well as the soundtrack.
â€œEvermore,â€ a soaring ballad performed in the film by the Beast (Dan Stevens) after he releases Belle (Emma Watson) to be with her father, is written by eight-time OscarÂ®-winning composer Alan Menken (â€œThe Little Mermaid,â€ â€œAladdinâ€) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (â€œThe Lion King,â€ â€œEvitaâ€).
Menken also provides the film score, as well as new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now atÂ http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
â€œI am honored to sing this beautiful new song by two of my absolute favorites, Alan Menken and Tim Rice. â€˜Beauty and the Beastâ€™ has been with me since my childhood and to have a musical connection to this new film makes me so happy,â€Â Says Groban.
Mitchell Leib, president of music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, helped to bring Groban into the musical mix for the film. â€œAlan 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,â€ says Leib. â€œHis voice is a natural fit for this showstopper of a composition.â€
Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 30 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances.
The 35-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature films â€œCrazy, Stupid, Love,â€ â€œThe Hollars,â€Â â€œCoffee Townâ€ and â€œMuppets Most Wanted,â€ as well as on NBCâ€™s â€œThe Office,â€ FXâ€™s â€œItâ€™s Always Sunny in Philadelphiaâ€ and CBSâ€™ â€œThe Crazy Ones.â€
Groban has released seven studio albums, his 2001 self-titled 5x-platinum debut, 2003â€™s 6x-platinum â€œCloser,â€ 2006â€™s double-platinum â€œAwake,â€ 2007â€™s 6x platinum GRAMMY-nominated â€œNoel,â€ 2010â€™s gold-certified â€œIlluminationsâ€ and 2013â€™s gold-certified â€œAll That Echoes,â€ which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, giving Groban his first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper. Groban earned GRAMMY AwardÂ® nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for hisÂ 2015 album â€œStages,â€ a collection of some of the greatest songs from musical theater and 2016â€™s â€œStages Live,â€ which featured performances recorded at the historic Los Angeles Theater for his all-new PBS special â€œJosh Groban: Stages Live.â€
Over the summer, he embarked on an extensive North American tour to support â€œStages,â€ entitled â€œJosh Groban: On Stage.â€ Also in 2016, Groban made his Broadway debut starring in the new musical â€œNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,â€ which opened to glowing reviews.
The production has just announced a six-month extension to its run, carrying the show into summer. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and Grobanâ€™s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.