Stray and the Soundtrack have teamed up with Broadway and TV star Elle McLemore to cover a classic Disney song – “Your Heart Will Lead You Home” from “The Tigger Movie”. The track was written by Kenny Loggins, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
Originally performed by Kenny Loggins, “Your Heart Will Lead You Home” is the latest in Stray and the Soundtrack’s #DisneyDeepDives series of their year-long #StrayCovers project which also included covers of favorite movies. from Disney as “I 2 I” from “A Goofy Movie”, “Jack’s Lament” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Best Of Friends” from “The Fox and the Hound”.
“Disney has such a rich song catalog, and many of the songs that have spoken to us over the years are from works that don’t have the same airtime as, say, a Disney Renaissance movie.” , said Stray and Shawn W. Smith of the soundtrack. “We wanted to remind people of those wonderful tunes. And to have the freedom to play with these songs in new ways, because there isn’t such a widely perceived notion of how it ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be. performed. “Stray and the Soundtrack’s Michael Herlihy added,” Plus, who doesn’t want to pretend to take a trip to The Hundred Acre Wood, or jam on stage with Powerline, or groove with Emperor Kuzco? “
Stray and the Soundtrack brings 20 years of collective experience in the entertainment industry, a love for all genres of music and a flair for the theater. The band’s debut CD features 11 original songs written, performed and produced by Shawn W. Smith and Michael Herlihy, as well as a bonus cover of “Bat Out Of Hell” by Jim Steinman. Highlights of the project include “Say Hi To The Devil” (a 70s-style jam band hymn), “Say When” (a 60s-style jam doowop), “Here On Mars” (a alternative rock inspired by the 90s), and “Don’t Slip Away” (evoking memories of ballads from the early 2000s).
McLemore was seen on Broadway as Eva in Bring It On: The Musical. She is originally the role of Heather McNamara in the off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical. She also played the role of Patty Simcox on Fox’s Grease Live.
The creation of Stray And The Soundtrack was born when Shawn and Michael traveled the world working on “For The Record: The Brat Pack”. Shawn is originally from Buffalo, NY and is an accomplished actor / singer / songwriter who has previously released a solo album, has performed in several regional theater actors across the country, and is currently a member of the “Waitress National Tour” The Musical “. Michael grew up in Lansdale, PA and is a masterful musician and producer who has toured with “Chicago The Musical” and produced singles and records for various artists in the New York and Los Angeles areas.
Watch the lyric video for the new track here: