Lakeshore Records has released the soundtrack to The United States vs Billie Holiday, which features a gorgeously emotive orchestrated score by Emmy Award-winning composer Kris Bowers that underlies the dramatic tension of the film’s complex and unvarnished look at the irrepressible Billie Holiday and her struggle against the race-based harassment of the federal government.
The Hulu Original Film directed by Lee Daniels and starring the recent Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Andra Day is streaming now.
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]
01. Don’t Cause a Fuss
02. Great Night
03. Billie’s Waltz
05. Judge’s Ruling
06. Jimmy’s Mistake / Lie To Her
07. Carnegie Hall
09. Walk in the Park / Levy Frames Billie
10. All Of Me (*note: formerly Billy and Jimmy’s Romance)
11. Paint My Nails
12. You Hate Her
The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”
Led by Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, THE UNITED STATES vs. BILLIE HOLIDAY unapologetically presents the icon’s complicate, irrepressible life. Screenplay Writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award Nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy Award Nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey.
Says Bowers: “It was such an honor to be a part of thronging this film to life. I appreciate Lee Daniels having me, and I applaud Andra Day on her incredibly mesmerizing performance as Billie. I look forward to audiences seeing this side of her story.”
ABOUT KRIS BOWERS
Kris Bowers is a Grammy-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, and Juilliard-educated pianist and composer who creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. Bowers’ work as a film and television composer is a testament to his versatility as an artist. Bowers has established himself at the forefront of Hollywood’s emerging generation of composers, and throughout his career, he has consistently championed an art practice guided by multi-disciplinary collaboration.