Emmi of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Fame Shares Her Fave Soundtrack Songs
London-based Aussie singer Emmi was amongst the selected few that received Taylor Swift’s endorsement after she tweeted a list of her top tunes in 2015. This year, she’s released a new single, “Couldn’t Care Less,” with a seriously gorgeous music video to go along with it, and she’s recorded a song alongside one of the biggest authors in the world — “Blind Pig,” which appears on the soundtrack for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Doesn’t sound like a bad year, eh?
“Blind Pig” is a jazz tune featuring Emmi’s powerful and soulful vocals, with a melody that will make you wanna get up dance — plus, major bonus: J.K. Rowling herself wrote the lyrics.
Emmi says she wasn’t even aware she was working on the tune for the film.
“I was being given notes by a ‘director’ over email without knowing it was the one and only David Yates,” she said. “Perhaps I’d have been more nervous if I had known.”
Turns out, it was also a collab with J.K. herself.
“I was thrilled to find out eventually that I had had the pleasure of singing J.K. Rowling’s words,” she said. “It seems there’s nothing she can’t do. Her words are so visceral in her novels and her songwriting is no exception.”
Check the video for Emmi’s new single “Couldn’t Care Less” below, check out the soundtrack, and peep Emmi’s picks for her personal fave soundtrack songs of all time below.
1. “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell – From “Love Actually”
This song plays in the background of “that scene” in “Love Actually” where Emma Thompson basically becomes every woman in the world that’s ever had her heart broken. I can’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 Bambi’s mum. For me it was Dumbo’s.
3. “Everybody’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, I’m a huge Shakespeare geek, I quite fancied myself as Claire Danes, and quite fancied Leonardo Dicaprio…so it goes without saying Baz Luhrmann’s version of “Romeo and Juliet” was everything to me.
4.”Jurassic Park Theme” by John Williams – From “Jurassic Park”
This one needs no explanation… 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 tunes…which we love just as much.
5. “Hallelujah” covered by Jeff Buckley – From “Shrek”
I love this song. I’d put it on any playlist and I was quietly smug to have a reason to get it on this one. Perhaps Cohen’s lyrics were lost on the sad donkey who fell out an ogre… but then perhaps not. This song should be heard by anyone at any age, any species, always.
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