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'12 Years A Slave' Soundtrack Features Legend, Keys

Oct 31 2013
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Columbia Records has announced the release of the soundtrack to the film 12 Years A Slave, via digital delivery on November 5 and in stores on November 19, 2013.  The soundtrack was curated by nine-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend and features a score by legendary film composer Hans Zimmer.  The 16-song set features songs of freedom, recorded specifically for the film and inspired by the true story of Solomon Northup.  Legend was enlisted to create the audio companion to the film which features music by Alicia Keys, Gary Clark, Jr., Chris Cornell featuring Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, Laura Mvula, Cody Chesnutt and Alabama Shakes.  12 Years A Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northup's fight for survival and freedom.  In the pre-Civil War United States, Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free black man from upstate New York, who was abducted and sold into slavery. In the twelfth year of his journey Solomon meets a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) who forever alters his life.  Legend says,  "12 Years A Slave is a stunningly powerful film.  I was so moved when I saw it.  I felt every minute of it and was so inspired to contribute to the music of the soundtrack."  The set features Legend's "Roll Jordan Roll," Alicia Keys' original track "Queen Of The Field (Patsey's Song)," and Gary Clark, Jr.'s "Freight Train," among others.  For more information about the film or to pre-order the CD visit here.

Last changed: Oct 31 2013 at 6:06 AM

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