Emmi of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Fame Shares Her Fave Soundtrack Songs
London-based Aussie singer Emmi was amongst the selected few that received Taylor Swiftâ€™s endorsement after she tweeted a list of her top tunes in 2015. This year, sheâ€™s released a new single, â€œCouldnâ€™t Care Less,â€ with a seriously gorgeous music video to go along with it, and sheâ€™s recorded a song alongside one of the biggest authors in the world â€” â€œBlind Pig,â€ which appears on the soundtrack for â€œFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.â€ Doesnâ€™t sound like a bad year, eh?
â€œBlind Pigâ€ is a jazz tune featuring Emmiâ€™s powerful and soulful vocals, with a melody that will make you wanna get up dance â€” plus, major bonus: J.K. Rowling herself wrote the lyrics.
Emmi says she wasnâ€™t even aware she was working on the tune for the film.
â€œI was being given notes by a â€˜directorâ€™ over email without knowing it was the one and only David Yates,” she said. “Perhaps Iâ€™d have been more nervous if I had known.â€ Â
Turns out, it was also a collab with J.K. herself.
â€œI was thrilled to find out eventually that I had had the pleasure of singing J.K. Rowlingâ€™s words,” she said. “It seems thereâ€™s nothing she canâ€™t do. Her words are so visceral in her novels and her songwriting is no exception.â€
Check the video for Emmiâ€™s new single â€œCouldnâ€™t Care Lessâ€ below, check out the soundtrack, and peep Emmiâ€™s picks for her personal fave soundtrack songs of all time below.
1. “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell – From “Love Actually”Â
This song plays in the background of “that scene” in â€œLove Actuallyâ€ where Emma Thompson basically becomes every woman in the world that’s ever had her heart broken. I canâ€™t listen to that song without seeing her and welling up a little.
2. “Baby Mine” – From Disney’s “Dumbo”
We all cried for the first time as a child at the hands of Disney. For most it was Bambiâ€™s mum. For me it was Dumboâ€™s.
3. “Everybodyâ€™s Free” – From “Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet”
Firstly, it has to be said that the voice on young Quindon Tarver is spectacular. But apart from that, Iâ€™m a huge Shakespeare geek, I quite fancied myself as Claire Danes, and quite fancied Leonardo Dicaprioâ€¦so it goes without saying Baz Luhrmannâ€™s version of â€œRomeo and Julietâ€ was everything to me.
4.”Jurassic Park Theme” by John Williams – From “Jurassic Park”
This one needs no explanationâ€¦ if you were a kid then, the melody has been engraved on your mind forever. Period. But also worth noting that John Williams composed the Harry Potter theme tunesâ€¦which we love just as much.
5. “Hallelujah” covered by Jeff Buckley – From “Shrek”
I love this song. Iâ€™d put it on any playlist and I was quietly smug to have a reason to get it on this one. Perhaps Cohenâ€™s lyrics were lost on the sad donkey who fell out an ogreâ€¦ but then perhaps not. This song should be heard by anyone at any age, any species, always.
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