Noelle is a family affair
Have you found your favorite new Disney+ movie/show yet? Mine is certainly Noelle! I attended an advance screening of the film and spoke with producer Suzanne Todd afterwards and my very first question was regarding the music and soundtrack. One of my very first jobs was reviewing movie soundtracks and it’s been a while since a soundtrack has stood out to me as much as this one did. Plenty are good, this one was just about perfect. I asked her to explain to me what the origin story behind the music was and her response was that the process of the music evolved as they went. Apparently they tried a lot of different versions as they went along, some were old-fashioned and some felt very new and modern. Though at the end of the day they didn’t have to go far to find a perfect fit.
Who is Lawrence?
Most of the music in the film is from the band “Lawrence”. You may recognize them from YouTube, or is the opening act on tour with Jon Bellion, but more than likely you recognize the name because it is the same name as Marc Lawrence who is the writer/director of Noelle. That may sound a little bit like nepotism, and I’m sure it can be viewed that way, but before you label it dig a little deeper.
Lawrence the Band is a soul-pop group founded by New York City raised siblings Clyde Lawrence and Gracie Lawrence who have been singing, performing, and writing songs together since their early childhood. Now, Lawrence is an eight-piece soul-pop group. Seven of the eight band members attended Brown, which the Lawrence siblings did as well.
A Family Affair
For the “Noelle” score, Marc Lawrence did choose to keep it within the family. His son Clyde wrote the score with his scoring partner, Cody Fitzgerald from the band Stolen Jars, making them two of the youngest composers to ever score a film for Disney. The music itself stands on it’s own. It was fresh and original and blended perfectly with the vibe of the film. None of that is surprising if you consider that at only 6 years old the anthem that Clyde composed music for his dad’s film Miss Congeniality that is prominently featured in the film, and his composition led him to become the youngest member of the Songwriters Guild of America.
His daughter Gracie and Clyde’s band, Lawrence, wrote and perform two original songs on the Noelle soundtrack and perform an additional four songs. The songs that you hear with a female voice are actually sang by Gracie who you would recognize as the elf who works at the newspaper in the movie and asks tough questions of the Kringle family.
“Cody and I come from different backgrounds, but we realized there was this through line of vulnerability, honesty, nostalgia, and warmth that we were both really passionate about,” says Clyde Lawrence. “That big breakthrough made us realize that we were great partners for film scoring and other collaborations.”
“Clyde and I really had a vision for the score, which is a combination of both of our styles: soul, pop and indie rock plus a hip-hop vibe,” says Fitzgerald. “Then mixing it with Disney and Christmas makes it turn into something that really feels right for the movie.”
In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas. The sudden disappearance of the new Santa (Bill Hader) leads to chaos in the North Pole, so Mrs. Kringle (Julie Hagerty) must step up to rein in the hi-tech replacement Santa, Cousin Gabe (Billy Eichner). Meanwhile, Noelle and Elf Polly (Shirley MacLaine), the family’s acerbic but good-hearted nanny, are down South on a search-and-recover mission, during which Noelle (Anna Kendrick) comes to realize she has much in common with her father and begins to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, “Noelle” stars Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty and Shirley MacLaine. The film is produced by Suzanne Todd with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Disney’s movie Noelle (2019).
1 Christmas Eve (Intro) – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
2 This Christmas – Lawrence
3 Eventually – Lawrence
4 Be Nice [feat. DAP The Contract & Stolen Jars] – Lawrence
5 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [feat. Stolen Jars] – Lawrence
6 Merry Christmas Baby – Lawrence
7 Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town [feat. Stolen Jars] – Lawrence
8 Christmas Eve/Santa’s Arrival – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
9 The Kringles – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
10 Will There Ever Be a Time?/Life Goes On – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
11 Uh-Oh-Ho-Ho – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
12 Santa-In-Training – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
13 Santa… Gabe? – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
14 Noelle’s Theme – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
15 Skating – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
16 Hot Chocolate & Peppermint – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
17 Deer Are the Headlights – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
18 The Flight to Phoenix – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
19 Looking for Nick – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
20 Noelle Meets Jake/A Big Day for Nice – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
21 The Twinkle – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
22 Snowcone’s Theme – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
23 Nick Returns – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
24 December 24th – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
25 Along Came Elf Polly – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
26 Noelle’s Escape – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
27 The Meaning of Christmas – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
28 The Suit – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
29 Noelle & Polly – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
30 Snowcone to the Rescue/Lift Off! – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
31 Santa Noelle’s Flight – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
32 We Wish You a Stressful Christmas – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
33 Eventually (Main Theme) – Clyde Lawrence & Cody Fitzgerald
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Watch Noelle on Disney+ starting on November 12th!