This is an immediate must-listen! Miley Cyrus has a stunningly beautiful track, ‘Hands of Love,’ in the upcoming film, ‘Freeheld,’ about a lesbian couple fighting for their rights. Yeah, in other words, grab the tissues before you pop in your headphones.
Some singers’s voices just lend themselves to storytelling, and Miley Cyrus is one of them. The 22-year-old lends her vocals to the new song “Hands of Love,” which was written by iconic songstress Linda Perry specifically for the new film, Freeheld. The movie depicts the true story of a lesbian couple played by Ellen Page and Julianne Moore. When the latter falls terminally ill, the two desperately race against the clock to challenge the state of New Jersey so Ellen can obtain benefits. The story of how the song came to fruition is just as stunning as the film for which it was written.
Ms. Perry, who was a member of the ’90s rock band, 4 Non Blondes, has written hit songs for pop artists including P!nk and Christina Aguilera, but, she had never written for film before. “It never works out for me,” she told Time. However, following a screening of Freeheld, Linda was singing a different tune (terrible pun intended).
In her car on the ride home, the song just came to her. “The arrangement is there, the lyrics are showing up, I can’t get to a piano, there’s no instruments, there’s no nothing—it’s all just floating around inside my head,” she said. Listen to the song below!
So how did Miley get involved? Believe it or not, it was in large part due to Ellen Page!
“She has a really raw, unique, awesome, beautiful voice, and Miley’s doing a lot of incredible things for the LGBTQ community,” said Ellen. “I just thought it was going to be a perfect fit. She and Linda made something really special.”
Given Miley’s involvement with LGBTQ rights (her Happy Hippie Foundation aides homeless LGBTQ youth), she jumped at the opportunity to combine her passion for music with her passion for civil rights. “People like to learn through entertainment,” said Miley. “It’s an interactive way to get people to hear your message by putting it in a song they like to listen to, or a film they want to see.”
Freeheld hits theaters on Oct. 2. What do you think of the song?
— Casey Mink