ABC/Randy HolmesA few weeks ago, Elton John said in an interview that he and Beyonce might work on a song for her to sing in the upcoming live-action version of The Lion King. Now, he’s talking about a song he wrote for yet another superstar female singer, Mary J. Blige.
Mary voices a character named Irene in Sherlock Gnomes, the upcoming animated film that’s being produced by Elton’s company, Rocket Pictures. He wrote the music, including a special song for Mary.
He tells Extra, “It’s so fantastic that we got her to do it because now she’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Mudbound and I always thought she could be a great actress.”
He adds, “In fact, the song was written, and the words, for her, were very close to home because she just finished a relationship with her husband. So she did it in about 10 minutes. I’m so glad she did it because we’ve been friends — Mary and I — for a long, long time.”
Mary filed for divorce from her husband, Kendu Isaacs, in 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They’re due in court in March to hammer out specifics of the settlement.
No details about the song are currently available. The movie hits theaters March 23. By then, Mary may be an Oscar winner, just like Elton. In addition to her nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she’s also nominated for Best Original Song for co-writing “Mighty River” for Mudbound.
The Oscars air March 4 on ABC.
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