Mariah Carey records "Almost Home"
Wednesday 6 February 2013
Disney announced today that multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded
the song, "Almost Home", for "Oz The Great and Powerful", the studio's highly anticipated
fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, releasing in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.
"Almost Home" will be released as a single by Carey's label, Island Def Jam, on February 19,
2013. Award-winning photographer/director David LaChapelle will direct Carey in the music
video for "Almost Home". The two long-time collaborators are reuniting in what LaChapelle
describes as "a duet between Mariah and the movie". LaChapelle photographed Carey previously
for album covers, and directed her in the music video "Loverboy". Disney, Carey and Island Def
Jam plan to launch a promotional campaign to support the single, the video and the film.
"Almost Home has a message that works beautifully with the film," Mariah Carey says of the song
she co-wrote and co-produced for "Oz The Great and Powerful". "It's a feel-good record, evoking
the feeling of reaching your home and being with people that you love."
Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold
to date and eighteen Billboard #1 singles (seventeen self-penned). With her distinct five-octave
vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance.
As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American
Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Best Selling
Female Artist of the Millennium and BMI's Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting,
to name a few. Carey is currently working on her new studio album to be released this spring.
"Almost Home" is performed by Mariah Carey, produced by Mariah Carey and Stargate for 45th & 3rd
Music LLC, written by Simone Porter, Justin Gray, Lindsey Ray, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen
and Mariah Carey. Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group/Universal Music Group.
Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful", directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the
origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time
circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz,
he thinks he's hit the jackpot - fame and fortune are his for the taking - that is until he meets
three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who
are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the
epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who
is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity - and
even a bit of wizardry - Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a
better man as well.
"Oz The Great and Powerful" is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and
screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and
Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers. "Oz The Great and Powerful" opens in U.S.
theaters on March 8, 2013.
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