In a powerful collaboration, Usher and H.E.R. join forces on “Risk It All,” the poignant second single from The Color Purple soundtrack, set to release on Dec. 15 through Warner Bros. Pictures, WaterTower Music, and gamma. The ballad, produced by H.E.R. and co-written with Jimmy Napes, adds another layer of emotion to the soundtrack, which features an array of R&B stars.
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The track explores the complexities of love, with Usher and H.E.R. delivering soul-stirring performances that resonate with courage and vulnerability. Lines like “feeling like I’m bound to fall” capture the raw essence of navigating the ups and downs of a relationship.
This release follows Alicia Keys‘ lead single, “Lifeline,” setting the stage for a soundtrack that promises a dynamic musical experience. The Color Purple (Music From and Inspired By) boasts a star-studded lineup, including Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Missy Elliott, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, and many more.
The film, a musical reimagining of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is directed by Blitz Bazawule and is scheduled for a U.S. release on Dec. 25, followed by a global release on Jan. 18, 2024. The Color Purple unfolds as a powerful tale of love, resilience, and a woman’s journey to independence, set against the backdrop of historical and personal hardships.
Quincy Jones, Scott Sanders, and Larry Jackson, founder/CEO of gamma, serve as executive producers for The Color Purple (Music From and Inspired By). The soundtrack aims to celebrate the film’s cultural significance by blending original songs inspired by the narrative with tracks performed in the movie.
As anticipation builds for the release, fans can delve into the rich R&B soundscape crafted by some of the industry’s most iconic names, creating a musical tapestry that pays homage to the essence of The Color Purple.
Listen to the emotionally charged “Risk It All” by Usher and H.E.R. below.