‘The Lion King’ Soundtrack Featuring Donald Glover, Beyonce, and More: Listen Here
Disney’s “The Lion King” original motion picture soundtrack features new recordings of the original songs who written by Elton John and Tim Rice, score by Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning composer Hans Zimmer, plus African vocal and choir arrangements by GRAMMY-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M (Rhythm of the Pride Lands).
Oscar-nominated and GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams produced five songs on the live-action soundtrack.
In revisiting the score for “The Lion King,” Zimmer realized the original themes and music were the “emotional spine of the story”, so he brought back few crews who worked on the original film, including Lebo M, orchestrator Bruce Fowler, conductor Nick Glennie-Smith, arranger Mark Mancina, plus several singers from the choir including Carmen Twillie (who performed “Circle of Life” in The Lion King 1994 movie).
Zimmer wanted to approach the score differently for the new film and enlisted the Re-Collective Orchestra, which led by founders Matt Jones and Stephanie Matthews, along with the Hollywood Studio Symphony (comprised of Los Angeles-based session players), and his band. The goal was to rehearse and record the score like a live concert performance.