Amie Doherty (The High Note, Here and Now) scores DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed (in theaters June 4), and is the first female composer to score a feature film for the studio. Doherty previously scored DreamWorks Animation’s short film Marooned as part of Universal Pictures’ composers’ initiative, which was set up by the Global Talent Development and Inclusion department in partnership with Universal’s film music team. In addition to the original score for Spirit Untamed, Doherty composed the featured song, “Fearless” performed several times in the film by the cast and as an English/Spanish duet performed by Isabela Merced and Eiza González for the soundtrack. The film also includes a new original song performed by Latina superstar Becky G called "You Belong". A Spanish version of the song is also included on the soundtrack. Award-winning composer Amie Doherty
Spirit Untamed is an epic adventure about Lucky, a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong, who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse. Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar®-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and includes the Emmy-winning TV series. The screenplay is by Aury Wallington (Spirit Riding Free) and Kristin Hahn (Dumplin’). The film is directed by Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and is produced by Karen Foster (co-producer, How to Train Your Dragon). The film’s co-director is Ennio Torresan, Jr. (head of story, The Boss Baby).
According to Mike Knobloch, President of Global Film Music & Music Publishing at Universal Pictures, “Amie Doherty delivered a beautiful, lyrical, tuneful, thematic, melodic score. She knocked it out of the park. It makes our journey with Amie a special win on a lot of levels. We’re proud to be this invested in her”.
When it came to creating an original song for the film, director Elaine Bogan had a very specific vision, “We wanted ‘Fearless’ to represent the path on which Lucky comes to find herself. After our initial meeting with Amie, she then brought us this demo that just blew us away. The music and lyrics were both beautiful, and the way that ‘Fearless’ is in the final film is the exact way that Amie presented it to us in her first pass.” Bogan adds, “Doherty went on to develop both the English and Spanish versions of the song, which are sung by Eiza González and Isabela Merced. And Jake Gyllenhaal even performs the song as Jim Prescott, too.” Says Doherty herself: “Eiza and Isabela are both beautiful singers. They recorded at DreamWorks’ studio while the filmmakers directed them, and I musically coached via Zoom. The performances were both intimate and emotional.”
Doherty also incorporated vocals in cues for some of the film’s more emotional sequences, with male vocals recorded by Robin Pecknold, lead singer of the Fleet Foxes. To convey the presence of Lucky’s mother, female vocals recorded by Eiza González and Morgan Kibbey were subtly woven in. Both versions of “Fearless” on the soundtrack were produced by Adrianne “AG” Gonzalez.
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