Just when you thought you couldn’t get more pumped about the release of Toy Story 4, this happens.
The soundtrack is going to feature two original songs, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” and “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” the later of which, is performed by none other than country music’s own Chris Stapleton.
Both were written and composed by longtime Toy Story collaborator Randy Newman, the man behind hits like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Strange Things,” “When She Loved Me” and “We Belong Together,” the last of which earned him an Academy Award for best original song in 2010.
The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” was written from Woody’s perspective. Newman said, “Woody feels like he was a lonesome cowboy until someone comes along and changes his world. Chris Stapleton did a great job on this song.”
Chris also shared his thoughts on lending his voice to the iconic film series.
“To me what has made the Toy Story films hold up over time has been the strength of the stories and the songs and the writing and the characters,” says Chris Stapleton. “There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in the world that is Toy Story. It’s a tremendous honor to get to sing a Randy Newman song in what is without question one of the most iconic animated franchises in history.”
Toy Story 4 hits theaters everywhere on June 20th.