Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from IF I STAY Released Today
Today, WaterTower Music releases the soundtrack to New Line Cinema's and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' drama "If I Stay," based on Gayle Forman's New York Times best-selling novel. The film will be released three days later on August 22.
Music is an integral part of the If I Stay storyline, be it Mia's (Chloë Grace Moretz) practicing cello to get into the prestigious Juilliard music school, her father's (Joshua Leonard) punk rock past, or Adam (Jamie Blackley) performing as singer/ guitarist of buzz band Willamette Stone. The film's director, R.J. Cutler, stated, "It was immediately clear to me that If I Stay needed to feature a soundtrack assembled from a wide variety of styles and genres and would meld together to form an emotional, symphonic whole. The songs would reflect Adam's roots in punk music and his contemporary sensibility, as well as the classical canon that Mia would master to apply to Juilliard. As I would often tell the cast and crew, in the world of If I Stay, music is the air that people breathe."
After viewing the film, author Gayle Forman, who also served as an executive producer, commented, "One of the best things about the movie is getting to hear all the great music you don't get to hear when you read the book. The way they brought the music to life gives the story a whole new dimension."
Through social media outreach, If I Stay fans were given the opportunity to vote on the Willamette Stone song they most wanted to see released early, and they chose "Heart Like Yours." The track is now available at iTunes, and will be delivered immediately to fans that pre-order the soundtrack.
WaterTower Music will be releasing two versions of the soundtrack: a fourteen song CD and digital release, as well as a digital deluxe configuration that contains eighteen tracks. Both albums feature multiple songs as performed in the film by Willamette Stone, while the digital deluxe version features an additional Willamette Stone track, along with several solo cello pieces performed in the film by Mia.
1. "Who Needs You" - The Orwells
2. "Until We Get There" - Lucius
3. "I Want What You Have" - Willamette Stone
4. "All of Me" - Tanlines
5. "Promise" - Ben Howard
6. "Never Coming Down" - Willamette Stone
7. "Halo" - Ane Brun & Linnéa Olsson
8. "I Will Be There" - Odessa
9. "Mind" - Willamette Stone
10. "Morning" - Beck
11. "I Never Wanted To Go" (Bonus Track) - Willamette Stone **
12. "Karen Revisited" - Sonic Youth
13. "Today" - Willamette Stone
14. "Heart Like Yours" - Willamette Stone
15. "Heal (If I Stay Version)" - Tom Odell
16. ""Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: Prelude" (Bonus Track) - If I Stay
17. "Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33" (Bonus Track) - If I Stay **
18. "Sonata in B Minor for Solo Cello, Op. 8" (Bonus Track) - Alisa Weilerstein **
** Available on the digital deluxe album
About "If I Stay"
Gayle Forman's best-selling novel comes to the screen in New Line Cinema's and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' drama "If I Stay," starring Chloë Grace Moretz ("Carrie," the "Kick-Ass" films), Mireille Enos (TV's "The Killing," "World War Z"); Joshua Leonard ("Higher Ground"); Jamie Blackley ("Snow White and the Huntsmen"); and Stacy Keach ("Nebraska").
Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Also starring are Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia's parents, Kat and Denny, and Stacy Keach as Gramps. Rounding out the main cast are Jakob Davies as Mia's little brother, Liana Liberato as her best friend, Gabrielle Rose as Grandma, and Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez.
R.J. Cutler directed the film from a screenplay by Shauna Cross based on Forman's novel. "If I Stay" was produced by Alison Greenspan, with Denise Di Novi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon serving as executive producers. Cutler's behind-the-scenes team included cinematographer John de Borman, production designer Brent Thomas, editor Keith Henderson, costume designer Monique Prudhomme and composer Heitor Pereira.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present a Denise Di Novi production, "If I Stay." Opening August 22, 2014, the film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. ifistaymovie.com
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