Track is from forthcoming A Man Called Otto film
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Rita Wilson has joined forces with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sebastián Yatra on the evocative and powerful new song, “Til You’re Home,” out now via Decca Records. The track is the theme from the highly anticipated Sony Pictures film, A Man Called Otto, starring Wilson’s husband, Tom Hanks, opening in select Los Angeles and New York theaters on December 25th and nationwide January 13th. The song is accompanied by a new music video.
“Til You’re Home” was co-written by Wilson and Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter/producer David Hodges, and co-produced by Wilson and Grammy-winning Matt Rollings (Willie Nelson, Keith Urban). Hodges successful resume includes co-writing and co–producing with pop, rock and country royalty including Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood to name a few.
Opening with Wilson’s sparkling and warmly inviting vocals, “Til You’re Home” unfolds with a sparse and delicate arrangement featuring piano and strings, as Yatra’s affecting voice lends a tender poignancy to the proceedings. The blending of Wilson’s and Yatra’s harmonies culminate in a transcendent and emotional performance that perfectly captures the film’s themes of love and loss. The collaboration is a first for Wilson and Yatra, who each bring their own unique talents to the deeply satisfying duet.
“Marc Forster, the director of A Man Called Otto asked me to write a song for the movie,” Wilson explains. “He was familiar with my music and felt that I should also sing the song. I was very humbled and grateful for the opportunity but also made him promise to be honest with me if he didn’t want to use the song. As the producer of the film, my first allegiance is to the film and to the director’s vision.”
She continues, “David Hodges and I had written together before and have always been like-minded musically and lyrically. A lot of the inspiration began with David Magee’s script. This is a movie about love, the depths of love and how love continues even after a person leaves this earth. There are two LatinX characters in the film – I wanted to find a way to bring them into the song. I envisioned it as a duet… I have loved Sebastián Yatra’s voice since hearing him in Encanto and he felt like the perfect person to do it. We were incredibly lucky he said ‘yes’ and all the planets aligned.”
“I am extremely honored by Rita Wilson’s invitation to join her on ‘Til You’re Home’ for the A Man Called Otto soundtrack,” Yatra adds. “The story behind the film is heartwarming and moving and I was inspired to convey that emotion in this song. Overall, this project has been very inspiring and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Based on the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “A Man Called Ove,” A Man Called Otto tells the story of Otto Anderson (Hanks), a grump who no longer sees purpose in his life following the loss of his wife. Otto is ready to end it all, but his plans are interrupted when a lively young family moves in next door, and he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol. She challenges him to see life differently, leading to an unlikely friendship that turns his world around. A heartwarming and funny story about love, loss, and life, A Man Called Otto shows that family can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places.
The Original Score Soundtrack by composer Thomas Newman and featuring “Til You’re Home” will be released on December 30th via Decca Records.