Beyoncé Opens the Heavens With “Spirit” Single from ‘The Lion King’ Soundtrack

As anticipation builds for The Lion King 2019 remake to hit theaters, so is excitement for the digital release of the movie’s soundtrack. Classics songs from the original film will be included, but it was also shared that Beyoncé would be creating a new tune for the soundtrack.

Still your hearts, everyone, for Beyoncé just surprised the world with her new song from The Lion King. Although the movie’s soundtrack will be available starting on July 11 and her album next week, the singer released a single on Tuesday night, much to the delight of fans.

US singer/songwriter Beyonce arrives for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Dolby theatre on July 9, 2019 in Hollywood. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Song’s title and how to listen

Disney held their early screening event of The Lion King on Tuesday, and the red-carpet event included Beyoncé, her daughter, Blue, and other stars. The singer dropped the song, “Spirit” online to coincide with the special occasion, and fans soon learned that there is an entire album she will be releasing for the movie.

Fans cans listen to the song on YouTube or on their favorite music streaming service. Listen to the lyrics as she sings about destiny and spirit calling. NPR notes that the song pays homage to the original film with its themes of “opening heavens” and “gathering stars.”

The song was written by Ilya Salmanzadeh, Beyoncé, and Timothy McKenzie, and produced by her, British singer/songwriter Labrinth, and Ilya. “Spirit” will be featured in the film so chances are audiences will get to hear Nala sing this to inspire Simba and the rest of the animals in the savannah.

Details on the new album

Guess what else this means? There is brand new music coming from Queen Bey that is connected directly to The Lion King. She produced and curated each song on a new album which features sounds and singers from the continent of Africa. Titled The Lion King: The Gift, the project includes an array of genres, voices, and instrumentation. It be released on July 19 along with the film.

In a press release, Beyoncé made a statement about the album which highlights the inspiration behind it:

“This is sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling.  I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.

I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

Beyoncé voices the character Nala in the upcoming live-action film. While the original motion picture soundtrack for The Lion King comes out on July 11, fans should look out for Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift album on the 19th. That’s two albums everyone will have to buy!