Two star studded duets have recently been added to the new album ‘JUDY’ that features music from the film Judy, staring Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland. The movie is set to release on September 27th and is based on the true story of Garland’s final concerts in London in the late 1960s. The soundtrack is also set to be released on September 27th.
Zellweger will be joined by Sam Smith for a new rendition of ‘Get Happy,’ possibly one of Garland’s most loved numbers. She will also be joined by Rufus Wainwright in a newly recorded version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.’
As a long time Garland fan Smith says, “she has remained as one of the icons of my life. She was one of the bravest humans out there and her vulnerability and honesty in her art still gives me goose bumps like it did the first time. It was truly an honour to sing with Renée. Nobody could have played Judy as well as Renée, and it is a career highlight for me to be singing with her, and in some small way, with Judy. I hope everyone loves the film as much as I did”.
Wainwright is also a huge fan of Garland and his live album ‘Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall’ earned him a Grammy Award nomination. He says that “Judy Garland has been a constant force in my life. The Wizard of Oz was one of the pyramids of culture that I gazed at as a small child. It’s nice to come back and observe her again in the film and through this wonderful duet with Renee, her performance is astounding in a film that focuses on the love and the generosity that Judy always had for the world around her. It reminds me of how unique her life and art were”.
The entire album will feature Zellweger’s phenomenal musical performance of Garland’s award winning and most popular numbers. Some of the tracks includes are: ‘For Once in My Life’, ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’, and ‘Over the Rainbow’, all performed by Zellweger and some of today’s greatest entertainers.
The album will mark 50 years since Garland’s death in 1969 and 80 years since the release of her break out role in The Wizard of Oz in 1939.