King Richard (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) now available at Watertower Music

LOS ANGELES–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – WaterTower Music is pleased to announce the release today of the King Richard (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), which features music by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning composer Kris Bowers (“Green Book”, “Bridgerton”, “Dear White People”, “The United States Against Billie Holiday”, “Respect”). “King Richard” from Warner Bros. Pictures stars double Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali”, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, “Bad Boys for Life”), under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”) as Richard Williams, a man determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on the neglected tennis courts of Compton, Calif. Rain or shine, the girls are shaped by their father’s unwavering commitment and their mother’s balanced outlook and keen intuition. , defying the seemingly insurmountable probabilities and prevailing expectations placed upon them. The King Richard (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released today, November 19, the same day the film is released in US theaters and on HBO Max via the ad-free plan; it will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.

When it came to creating a tonal landscape for “King Richard”, composer Kris Bowers described how his collaboration with director Reinaldo Marcus Green inspired his approach to creating the score. “Having previously worked with Rei on “Monsters and Men”, we have developed a deep trust in our collaborative relationship. This led to Rei encouraging me to trust my instincts and write from a personal place. And this score is actually a very personal score for me.

Bowers added: “Watching Richard and Oracene’s support, love and sacrifice for Serena and Venus not only reminded me of so many black families and black parents who bet everything on their children, but it also reminded me of my own parents. . Like Richard, my dad decided before I was born that he wanted me to play the piano, and my parents scoured the county to find me the best music teachers possible. As I developed my art, my father was in constant communication with all of my teachers, finding out how I could improve and excel, and he also sat behind me as I practiced daily practice. age 4 until the end of high school.

“Because of the personal connection I felt with the story of the film, ”Bowers continued,“I decided to heavily feature piano and prepared piano. In addition, wanting to evoke the sound and feel of tennis, I have chosen to present only the strings, the harp, the piano, the prepared piano and the percussions, the prepared piano and the percussions entering the moments when the we see the uniqueness of the Williams sisters in this predominantly sporty white. In a way, the drums and the prepared piano are meant to reflect the courage and tenacity of these girls / family. Finally, to take advantage of the idea of ​​the origin of this story with Richard’s plan, all thematic documents are variations on the same theme. A theme that we hear first with Richard, and which develops into a theme of Venus, a theme for the matches themselves, and so on. ”

The King Richard (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is now available and the track list is as follows. All of Kris Bowers’ music, with the exception of “Be Alive”, which is performed by Beyoncé:

1. Family dinner

9. Fired

17. Correspondence

2. The diet

10. So you wanna play?

18. Family

3. Unexpected

11. Hearing day

19. Be Alive (original song from the movie “King Richard”)

4. Hit

12. Stafford

5. Practice

13. The two girls

6. First match

14. Venus vs. Vicario

7. Carbon Mesa

15. First series

8. It’s our job

16. Vicar

Based on the true story that will inspire the world, “King Richard” follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering determination and unconditional belief ultimately deliver two of the world’s greatest sporting legends.

Kris bowers is a Emmy-winning composer and pianist who creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. Rating documentaries like Kobe Bryant’s muse and Norman Lear: Just another version of you, to scripted series including Shonda Rhimes and Paul William Davies For the people, by netflix Dear Whites, and SHOWTIME’S Black Monday, Bowers’ work as a film and television composer is testament to his versatility as an artist. In 2018, Bowers had the honor of collaborating with Emmy and Oscar winning director Peter Farrelly and Oscar winning actor Mahershala Ali on their critically acclaimed film. Green paper, Not only scoring the film, but also serving as Ali’s on-screen voice actor and piano coach. In early 2018, Bowers scored the critically acclaimed drama, Monsters and Men, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Her work also appears in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix miniseries, When they see us about the Central Park Five, for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination. In 2020, Bowers received another Primetime Emmy nomination for his work on the FX miniseries Mrs. America. Bowers’ recent releases include the film The United States vs. Billie Holiday, with Andra Day, directed by Lee Daniels, Bad hair, written and directed by Justin Simien (Dear Whites), and the Shondaland series Bridgerton for Netflix, for which it received two other Primetime Emmy nominations, for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and for Outstanding Original Title Main Theme.

At 93ed Oscars, Bowers was nominated for his short documentary “A Concerto is A Conversation”, which he produced, co-directed and composed. Executive produced by Ava DuVernay, the documentary premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

The most recent versions of Bowers are the Warner Bros. biopic king richard, with Will Smith as the father of Venus and Serena Williams, the biopic The respect, with Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, and the comedy sequel Space Jam: a new legacy directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Upcoming projects include season 2 of Bridgerton.

Bowers has recorded and performed with artists such as Q-Tip, Aretha Franklin, Ludacris, Christian Rich, Jay-Z and Kanye West and has contributed to albums by Marcus Miller, José James, Moses Sumney and Murs. Bowers is an Official Steinway Artist and was named one of the Twelve “Artists to Watch” by iTunes in 2014. In 2020, he received the “Distinguished Film Composer Award” by the Middleburg Film Festival. In 2019, he received the prestigious ‘ROBIE Pioneer Award’ from the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Bowers currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife.


WaterTower Music, the in-house label of the WarnerMedia companies, publishes recorded music as rich and diverse as the companies themselves. It has been the soundtrack to many of the world’s most iconic movies, TV shows, and games since 2001.


Alongside Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis (“If Beale Street Could Talk”, “Lovecraft Country”) plays the mother of the daughters, Oracene “Brandy” Williams, Saniyya Sidney (“Hidden Figures”, “Fences”) plays the role of Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (TV’s “Harlem Godfather”) stars as Serena Williams, with Tony Goldwyn (TV’s “Divergent” series, “Scandal”) as coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal (“The Many Saints of Newark”, “Ford vs. Ferrari”) as coach Rick Macci. The set also includes Andy Bean (“IT Chapter Two”), Kevin Dunn (the “Transformers” movies, “Veep “from HBO) and Craig Tate (” Greyhound “).

Green directed “King Richard” from a screenplay written by Zach Baylin. The producers were Tim White and Trevor White under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, and Will Smith under his Westbrook banner. Isha Price, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd served as executive producers.

A Warner Bros. presentation Pictures, a Star Thrower Entertainment production, a Westbrook production, a Keepin ‘It Reel production, “King Richard”.

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