Over the past few years, movie musicals have become increasingly popular. “LA LA Land” winning Oscars, being nominated for Best Picture and most recently “A Star Is Born” sweeping box offices. Last holiday season, “The Greatest Showman”, a story about P.T. Barnum’s imagination and his band of misfits that became members of his famous circus became a phenomenon. The music was written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) and had moviegoers singing along in theatres and purchasing the soundtrack, making it the biggest selling album of 2018.
Released today, the movie’s songs have been “reimagined” by current popular musicians across several genres. Kelly Clarkson lends her powerful vocal chops to “Never Enough”, P!nk and her daughter Willa Sage sing “A Million Dreams” and Kesha with Missy Elliot on the show’s anthem “This Is Me”. Sara Bareilles gives an ethereal rendition of “Tightrope” while MAX and Ty Dolla $ign sing “The Other Side”. There are also two versions of the “The Greatest Show” both giving a twist on Hugh Jackman’s original version, Panic! At the Disco and Pentatonix bring their unique voices to the track.
Of course, the reason we are writing about this album is that Zac Brown Band are also featured, bringing a traditional country twang to the mix on “From Now On”. The culmination of the movie comes to be in this track and Zac Brown Band with their unforgettable harmonies and banjo picking bring the story to life. While some of the songs on the reimagined album sound very similar to the original recorded soundtrack, “From Now On” is flipped on its head, starting slowly with only a banjo accompanying Brown’s signature voice building in the chorus where fiddles and guitars fill the space. Give a listen to the song above and the entire The Greatest Showman Reimagined soundtrack below.
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