Fresh off the success of her recent live album, singer Sarah McLachlan has now teamed up with veteran songwriter Randy Newman for a new song in the upcoming computer-animated film, “Toy Story 2.”
The song, entitled “When She Loved Me,” was written by Newman and sung by McLachlan for the film’s soundtrack, which is due in stores on November 9. In the actual movie, “When She Loved Me” is performed by the Jesse The Cowgirl toy (a character voiced by actress Joan Cusack) and tells how this particular toy went from being one of her owner’s favorites into just another forgotten plaything.
Newman, perhaps best known in pop circles for his controversial 1978 hit “Short People” and his 1983 song “I Love L.A.,” has been nominated for twelve Oscar Awards for his work on such films as “The Natural,” “James And The Giant Peach,” and the first “Toy Story.”
For the 1999 Academy Awards, Newman was nominated for penning the scores to “Pleasantville” and “A Bug’s Life” and received another
nod for the song “That’ll Do” from “Babe: Pig In The City,” though he walked away from the ceremony at the Los Angeles Music Center empty-handed.
Sarah McLachlan wrapped up the final edition of her Lilith Fair tour this past summer and issued a concert album, “Mirrorball,” that has already been certified double-platinum after five months on the record charts.
Just in time for the holidays, “Toy Story 2″ is due to arrive on screens on November 24.
– David Basham