MANILA, Philippines – Janella Salvador is set to release her version of the Moana song, “How Far I’ll Go!”
To announce the news, Janella performed a cover of the song in English at the Southeast Asian (SEA) press conference for Moana, along with 4 other SEA stars: Maudy Ayunda from Indonesia, Ayda Jebat from Malaysia, Myra Maneepat Molloy from Thailand, and Minh Nhu from Vietnam.
Watch their performance below!
The official music video for Janella’s cover will be released on November 18.
In Moana, “How Far I’ll Go” is performed by Auli‘i Cravalho, who voices the titular main character opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Nicole Scherzinger.
Alessia Cara also sings the song in the movie’s end credits and recently released a music video for her version. Check it out!
“How Far I’ll Go” was written by Hamilton creator and Tony-award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda for Disney’s upcoming movie.
Lin-Manuel wrote the songs in the movie together with Mark Mancina, who wrote and co-wrote music for Tarzan and The Lion King, and Opetaia Foaʻi, founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka.
“It’s intimidating to write an ‘I want’ song for a Disney animated movie,” said Lin-Manuel on “How Far I’ll Go” in a press release for the movie. “You think of Ariel with ‘Part of Your World’ or ‘Reflection’ from Mulan. This is Moana’s chance to say for herself how she feels and where she belongs.”
This isn’t the first time Janella has sung a song for Disney. She also performed her version Hong Kong Disneyland’s 10th anniversary theme song, “Happily Ever After.”
Disney’s upcoming movie follows Moana, a brave girl from the Pacific Islands, as she navigates the ocean with the demi-god Maui in the hopes of saving her people.
Moana is set to hit Philippine theaters on November 30, while its 14-track soundtrack will be sold and streamed on November 18. – Rappler.com
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