RAYE and Hans Zimmer share new track ‘Mother Nature’ recorded for Sir David Attenborough-presented series Planet Earth III
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Global music superstar RAYE and Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer share their new track ‘Mother Nature’, brought together by BBC Studios as written for the Sir David Attenborough-presented landmark series Planet Earth III. LISTEN HERE.
The track debuted globally on Greg James’s BBC Radio 1 breakfast show and via an extended trailer for the highly anticipated TV series. The stunning visuals in the trailer provided a tantalising glimpse of the extraordinary animals from around the globe set to feature in the series all filmed during a five-year project. Co-written by composer collective Bleeding Fingers Music and produced by Russell Emanuel featuring additional vocals by Dan Smith, the track features beautiful compelling lyrics written and performed by RAYE that reflect the Earth’s awe, beauty, fragility, and resilience, subjects highlighted throughout the series.
Seven years after the ground-breaking Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Planet Earth II iguana and snakes chase viral sensation, the eagerly anticipated Planet Earth III journeys across the continents revealing the wonders of our planet. This spellbinding series will feature never-seen-before behaviour, and dive deep into the stories and animal characters that reflect the new challenges that wildlife faces in our modern, crowded world. The series will also highlight the growing need to preserve and restore nature. In the final episode, viewers will meet some of the dedicated ‘heroes’ across the globe who put their lives on the line to protect the wildlife and the critically important ecosystems of Planet Earth.
RAYE says, “I am a Planet Earth stan, I’ve watched religiously for years, so having this opportunity open for me doesn’t even feel real. David Attenborough and Hans Zimmer are two of my heroes, to be able to compose a song with Hans is BEYOND a wildest dream, and then to hear Sir David narrate over and in between my voice actually brings tears to my eyes. To be able to contribute in my small way to this massively important and equally beautiful documentary series is an honour and a moment I will always cherish.“
The release of ‘Mother Nature’ follows RAYE’s stunning live album ‘RAYE with The Heritage Orchestra – My 21st Century Symphony – Live At The Royal Albert Hall’. Recorded live at RAYE’s recent sold-out show at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall last month, the special performance featured all the tracks from her celebrated debut album My 21st Century Blues including stand-out songs ‘Oscar Winning Tears‘, ‘The Thrill Is Gone‘, ‘Black Mascara‘, ‘Worth It‘ and global smash hit ‘Escapism’. Listen to it in full HERE.
Featuring brand new arrangements of all the tracks, the songs were performed by RAYE with a live orchestra and gospel choir, which, together with RAYE’s dynamic performance, earned an array of impressive five-star reviews press. The Daily Telegraph shared, “The most talented artist since Adele and Amy Winehouse”, while the Evening Standard described it as “A triumphant pinnacle for one hell of a year” and The Guardian makes it “A triumphant act of independence and naked ambition”.
RAYE’s debut album My 21st Century Blues was a decade in the making and was released as an independent artist. On her own terms, RAYE gave space for listeners who have faced and overcome adversity, with anthems for women in the industry that recounted her own painful experiences with sexual abuse, rape, body dysmorphia, addiction, misogyny, and even climate change.
RAYE is still riding high from the continued success of her inescapable global smash ‘Escapism’ featuring 070 Shake, which hit #1 on the UK Official Singles Chart, #3 in the ARIA Singles Charts, is 2x platinum in the UK, and is certified ARIA Triple Platinum in Australia, RIAA Platinum in the US and eight other territories with 1.05 billion cumulative streams clocked to date and 103 million views on the video. The track is the second biggest-selling single of the year in the UK so far, has earned RAYE her highest-peaking song on the Billboard Hot 100 (#22), #67 in triple j’s Hottest 100, and was the #1 Most Shazamed Pop Song in the U.S. for 8 consecutive weeks. It won ‘Best Social Trended Song’ at The Global Awards, ‘Best Contemporary Song’ at the Ivor Novello Awards, ‘Best Independent Track’ at the AIM Independent Music Awards, and was one of only 12 albums selected as a finalist for the 2023 ‘Mercury Music Prize’. RAYE is currently Top 3 in the Official UK Singles Chart with ‘Prada’. A collab with Casso and D Block Europe, the track is an exhilarating new take on 2020 hit single ‘Ferrari Horses’.
RAYE was recently shot for British Vogue and named one of the title’s Top 25 women of the year in the ‘Vogue 25’ list. In the last year, she has appeared on the cover of magazines such as GQ, Cosmopolitan, Wonderland, Bricks, Euphoria, Time Out and DIY, alongside a career-defining appearance on the NPR Tiny Desk concert series. Globally, RAYE’s season of television performances includes The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Later… with Jools Holland, and The Graham Norton Show, in addition to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. RAYE also featured in SKIMS recent Shapewear collection campaign alongside PinkPantheress, Ice Spice, and Nessa Barrett, alongside international billboards for Spotify’s EQUAL campaign.
Following her most extensive year of touring yet, including a sold-out arena UK tour with Lewis Capaldi, a string of sold-out solo headline shows including, London’s Roundhouse, a support run with Kali Uchis in North America, and a 13-run of dates supporting SZA’s S.O.S. Tour, RAYE will close out 2023 with her current 26-date North American tour and a second leg of shows covering the UK and Europe follows in November and December. Soon RAYE will be appearing at Laneway Festival in February 2024, as well as her own headline shows in Eora/Sydney and Naarm/Melbourne for her debut Australian tour.
Fast cementing a legacy as an artist that can skip between genres at will – songs that flit between hip-hop, dance, and gospel and still keep their integrity – RAYE continues to own the pop game.
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