ARETHA FRANKLIN BIOGRAPHICAL FILM ‘RESPECT’ OUT NOW, FEATURING JAMIE HARTMAN COLLAB
The new Aretha Franklin biopic Respect starring Jennifer Hudson is out today, in theaters only. The film features an original song performed by Hudson, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” co-written by Reservoir’s Jamie Hartman with Carole King and Hudson.
Thus far, the song has gained wide praise, with many recognizing the inclusion of a gospel choir as an homage to Franklin’s musical roots. In Entertainment Tonight, the CEO of Epic Records, Sylvia Rhone stated, “What Jennifer, Carole, and Jamie have created together is nothing short of historic. It celebrates the legacy of Aretha Franklin by channeling her spirit and style in an original, no less. As soon as I heard it, I was speechless. It has all the elements of a future American songbook staple.” Additionally, Hudson praised the creative process in Billboard, saying, “Jamie and I have collaborated together in the past and it’s always so wonderful to create with him – he is continuously thinking outside of the box in a way that deepens the musical experience in indescribable ways.
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