It appears that even though Disney decided its remake of the animated classic Mulan wasn’t going to be a musical, it doesn’t mean we don’t get a new song out of it!
On Friday, March 6, Walt Disney Records released “Loyal Brave True” and original song for the remake sung by Christina Aguilera. We also have confirmation that a remastered version of the original Mulan anthem, “Reflection,” is on the way.
You can listen to the new song here:
It is only fitting that Aguilera returned to record the new song as well as the new version of “Reflection.” The artist recorded the song at the very beginning of her career which has led her to be viewed as one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
“The film Mulan and the song ‘Reflection’ coincided with getting me my first record deal. It’s amazing to come back to such an incredible movie that’s full of power and meaning, and that meaning holds the test of time: staying true to yourself, being who you are, and teaching how to be fearless. My new song, ‘Loyal Brave True,’ represents the fine balance between vulnerability and strength.”
On the studio side, Aguilera is beloved. There was no question she should return for Mulan.
Mitchell Leib, Walt Disney Studios President of Music & Soundtracks, said:
“Christina is one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Her original performance of ‘Reflection’ from the animated film when she was a then 16-year-old unknown, holds its appropriate place in the history of music and was a launch pad for her unparalleled career that would follow. As this epic live-action version of Mulan heads to theaters, Christina brings her innate abilities and years of growth as an artist to the film, reprising ‘Reflection’ and performing the new song ‘Loyal Brave True.’ I think these songs will touch today’s moviegoers in that powerful way we saw 22 years ago.”
We know that melodic lines from the original songs have been incorporated into the soundtrack of this new action-packed epic, but it will be interesting to see where in the film “Loyal Brave True,” and “Reflection” will be placed. In the 1990s animated film, the song was sung in the film by Leah Salonga, and then later by Aguilera during the end credits.
“Reflection” was an unrivaled anthem for all those struggling to be true to who they are. But it has recently faced competition from “Let it Go” from Frozen and “Show Yourself” from Frozen 2. We cannot wait to hear how Aguilera’s years of life experience will reshape this new recording.