Sony Classical releases the Cinderella (Score from the Amazon Original Movie) by Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna and songwriter, producer, and composer on the rise Jessica Rose Weiss. The album features the co-composers’ folk-traditional orchestral hybrid score for director Kay Cannon’s modern spin on the classic tale Cinderella from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Studios. The film debuts on Amazon Prime Video today, alongside the score soundtrack, which is available now on all major streaming platforms.
Kay Cannon’s Cinderella has been described as a “jukebox musical,” and given Jessica’s songwriting and producing background, Mychael felt this was the ideal project for them to collaborate on. Jessica has worked with her co-composer and longtime mentor Mychael on many projects, contributing additional music to his scores, including The Addams Family and A Dog’s Way Home. The film features several pop-centric songs, performed by the cast—including Grammy Award-nominated pop sensation Camila Cabello and Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel. With the score, Mychael and Jessica’s main goal was to create warm and lush fantasy music to juxtapose the sound of the bright pop songs.
Jessica Rose Weiss says, “It was thrilling to compose music for such a refreshing and progressive take on this timeless tale, and we couldn't have had a more creative and adventurous leader than Kay Cannon. Mychael and I had a fantastic time playing with the eclectic sonic palette and working with Kay to find the musical sweet spot between our orchestral score and the pop songs. Hearing the brilliant Vienna Orchestra perfectly capture the emotion of the score was one of the great joys of my career. I'm so excited for little girls around the world to be empowered by their own bold, new Cinderella.”
From Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect), Cinderella is a modern musical with a bold take on the story you grew up with. Our ambitious heroine (Camilla Cabello) has big dreams and with the help of her Fab G, she perseveres to make them come true. Cinderella has an all-star cast including Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, James Corden, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter and Pierce Brosnan.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the trans-culturally inspired 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Danna also composed scores for Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil. Other noted credits include Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as his longtime collaborator Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica, Moneyball and Capote with director Bennett Miller, Monsoon Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Being Julia, Deepa Mehta’s Water and Girl, Interrupted. He won an Emmy Award for outstanding music composition for the 2012 mini-series World Without End. Often collaborating with his brother Jeff, they have scored The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for Terry Gilliam, The Breadwinner (Annie Nomination), Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and Onward. Television scores include Alias Grace (Emmy Nomination), Tyrant (3 Emmy Nominations), and Camelot (Emmy Nomination). His most recent score is for Tom McCarthy’s Stillwater, starring Matt Damon.
Jessica Weiss is a composer, songwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. She first fell in love with classical music studying ballet in New York City throughout her youth, eventually traveling to London to work at Warner Brothers Studios where she focused on composition and music production. It was there that she was recruited by Hans Zimmer to apprentice at Remote Control Productions. After years working her way up the ladder as a music editor, she found a life-changing mentor-ship in film composition working alongside Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna.
Her credits include the Netflix #1 hit animated feature film Dog Gone Trouble, the drama Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men, featuring a collaboration with pop sensation Sia, and Nicol Paone’s comedy Friendsgiving, produced by Ben Stiller. Upcoming projects include Stephen Herek’s Netflix dramedy Afterlife of the Party, the groundbreaking VR series Into the Now from acclaimed photographer Michael Muller, the Dolly Parton-produced documentary Still Working 9 to 5. In addition to her film work, Jessica’s music has been performed on stages around the world, from The Globe Theater in London to The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago to The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. As a producer & songwriter, Jessica has just finished an EP titled “Us Against The World,” in which she collaborated with several artists including K.S. Rhoads, Rachael Yamagata, Chris Pierce & Garrison Starr. She is currently producing singer-songwriter Lily Kershaw’s upcoming record.
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