Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow has written an original song for the upcoming film Home of the Brave directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Irwin Winkler (Rocky). This marks the second collaboration between Crow and Winkler following the film De-Lovely two years ago in which Crow appeared singing the Cole Porter classic "Begin the Beguine." The new song, entitled "Try Not to Remember," is performed by Crow and produced/arranged by Grammy nominee Stephen Endelman for Lakeshore Records, and will be featured over the end credits of the film. Home of the Brave -- the first major feature film to explore the homecoming of U.S. troops after their tour of duty in Iraq -- stars Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Christina Ricci, Jessica Biel, and Brian Presley, and will be released by MGM in select markets on December 15th and January 5th nationwide.
The song "Try Not to Remember" is Crow's moving response to Home of the Brave, the provocative film which filmmaker Winkler screened privately for Crow in hopes that her unique, soul-searching sensibilities would effectively translate the film into song. Inspired by the deep impact of the film's evocation of hope and courage in the face of the despairs of war, Crow began to write the song the very same evening the film was screened for her. Naturally, this incomparable talent delivered a track that captures the essence of the film's journey, one that follows 4 soldiers attempting to readjust to civilian life after a traumatic and life-altering wartime experience in Iraq.
"I was moved by the whole movie, and I really carried it with me after seeing it," Crow says. "It was such an inspiring experience and I just felt compelled to write about it. It feels immediate to me to be able to write about what's going on around us right now."
For "Try Not to Remember," Crow worked closely with producer/arranger Stephen Endelman, who received a Grammy nomination for his work alongside Crow and Winkler on the De-Lovely soundtrack in 2005.
Multi-Grammy winner Crow has sold over 30 million albums and won a remarkable 9 Grammy Awards, making her one of the bestselling and most celebrated female singer/songwriters of her generation. She recently finished a tour in support of her latest hit album Wildflower. She rose to fame in 1993, wowing critics and music listeners with her multi-platinum selling disc Tuesday Night Music Club, which featured her Record of the Year-winning hit "All I Wanna Do." For film, Crow wrote and performed the Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated original song Tomorrow Never Dies, the title track from the hit James Bond sequel. Her memorable arsenal of songs include the hits "Everyday is a Winding Road," "If It Makes You Happy," "My Favorite Mistake," "Soak Up the Sun," and an unforgettable cover of Cat Steven's "The First Cut is the Deepest."