Like most award shows, you only know the main characters so here are a few fun facts about each of the songwriters up for an Oscar in the Original Song category. Pick your favorite.
“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Fun Facts: John Stephens is better known as John Legend. Lonnie Lynn is better known as Common
BEYOND THE LIGHTS
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
Fun Fact: This is Diane 7th nomination…she has yet to earn an Oscar.
GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
Fun Fact: Glen Campbell is a member of The Wrecking Crew. The story of The Wrecking Crew has been made into a documentary and will be released next month. Members of The Wrecking Crew joined him in the recording of the song. You need to see both “I’ll B Me” and “The Wrecking Crew“
Longtime Campbell collaborator and friend, Julian Raymond produced the 1998 monster smash hit and perfect pop song “The Way” by Fastball
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Fun Fact: Gregg Alexander is most famously the man behind New Radicals and creater of the 1998 monster smash hit and perfect pop song “You Get What You Give“
Fun Fact: Danielle Brisebois was a member of New Radicals, co-wrote “Pocketful of Sunshine” and “Unwritten”. She will never escape the fact that she was a child actress most famously in Archie Bunker’s Place. Her vocal from her time in the Broadway show Annie is also used in Jay-Z’s “Hard-Knock Life”
THE LEGO MOVIE
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
Fun Fact: The first song Shawn Patterson sold was in 1991 for “Rock The House” performed by The Chipmunks. Awesome!