New York, NY (April 4, 2008)--U2's tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., Pride (In The Name Of Love), has been rearranged and re-recorded with John Legend by award-winning composer Joel Beckerman and his company, Man Made Music, for the History Channel's King, which airs on April 6.
Beckerman and Man Made Music conceived, produced and collaborated on the new version of U2's classic song for the History Channel special. "I felt so honored to be approached by the network to soundtrack produce this important tribute to Dr. King, and when I heard that Bono had offered the use of the classic U2 version for the special, I immediately thought it would be amazing to have a brand new version to help tell the story," said Beckerman, when asked to comment.
"The first artist that came to mind was John Legend, who graciously accepted the challenge," he continued. "There was a moment when I paused, realizing the enormity of taking on such a great, classic, signature song, but John really rose to the occasion. As far as I know, Pride has never before been covered by a major artist. The new arrangement is so wonderfully simple and poignant--just John's voice and piano playing. We were both very happy with how it came out."
The song will be prominent throughout the special and is featured on the show's promotions. In addition, for the special, Beckerman and Man Made Music arranged, soundtrack produced and recorded three classic spirituals that were anthems of the civil rights era with R&B recording artist and Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw.
The highly anticipated television event is narrated by veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, author of the recently released observation on the 1960s, Boom!, and includes interviews with leaders in politics, the civil rights movement and entertainment such as former President Bill Clinton, Rep. John Lewis, U2's Bono and Harry Belafonte.
King will air on the History Channel on Sunday, April 6th at 8:00 pm/7:00 pm CT.
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