Rising Phoenix – The Title Track
“Rising Phoenix”, the title track from the Netflix Original documentary of the same name, was released globally on 20th August 2020 and is available to stream and download from Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal and more.
The track was premiered by Coldplay, on their social channels, with the band saying that performing at the London 2012 Paralympics was “one of our proudest moments”.
The artists who feature on the track, all with a disability, form part of the artist collective, Krip-Hop Nation. Krip-Hop Nation is led by Leroy F Moore whose mission is to shine a light on the talents, history, rights and marketability of Hip-Hop artists and other musicians with disabilities.
HTYT’s ambition at the outset was to try to set a new benchmark in disability representation in the making of Rising Phoenix. As a result, people with disabilities have been part of the project on and off screen from the very first piece of research through to this final title track.
Explaining his inspiration for the track, Producer and Writer Daniel Pemberton said, “I wanted to make a song out of the central “Rising Phoenix” theme that features across the arc of the film and to echo the integrity of the film I wanted to work with artists with a disability.
“We went through a swathe of recordings and found three different artists we thought would help make an amazing record. Nothing however prepared us for what came in: the richly emotional content of Toni’s lyrics; the poetry of George’s incredibly powerful stories; Keith’s killer rapping style where his cerebral palsy creates an unbelievably unique flow that is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. I feel we’ve made something so much bigger than all of us combined and the whole world needs to hear it.”
The Directors of Rising Phoenix, Peter Ettedgui and Ian Bonhote, said: “We always knew that music would play a defining role. It feels like the whole soundtrack – indeed the whole film – builds to the release of the “Rising Phoenix” song. We were both in tears when we heard the track for the first time – it evoked all our ambitions for the film, all our feelings about the story we wanted to tell.”
“Rising Phoenix” is written and performed by three members of Krip-Hop Nation – George Doman (known as georgetragic), Toni Hickman and Keith Jones – and written and produced by Daniel Pemberton. With thanks to Layla Atkinson and Richard Barnett at Trunk Animation.