Music legends that lent their voices to Disney soundtracks

We look at some of the biggest names in the singing world whose voices graced classic cartoon tunes

PHOTOS: EPA, Disney, Toggle
PHOTOS: EPA, Disney, Toggle
19 May 2015

PHOTOS: EPA, Disney, Toggle

Next week, multiple Grammy Award-winning veteran crooner Michael Bolton will be having a one-night-only showcase right here in town.

Now, even if you young’uns are not familiar with any of his timeless chart-topping hits (such as ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ and ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’), surely you might have heard of a little inspirational anthem called ‘Go the Distance’, which is from the soundtrack of Disney’s 1997 film Hercules. Yep, this is the guy behind the main pop version (not the one played in the cartoon itself).

Michael’s not the only singing bigwig who has brought some vocal star power to a Disney tune. Click through to see the others:

An Evening with Michael Bolton
Date: May 28 (Thursday)
Time: 8pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

Tickets are priced from $90 to $220 and are available on SISTIC.

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
19 May 2015

Idina Menzel

Street cred: Grammy, Tony and Broadway.com awards; the only Tony Award-winning actress to break into the Top 10
Sang: ‘Let It Go’, ‘For the First Time in Forever’ for Frozen

Long before Queen Elsa’s reign, her voice-giver was already causing a storm (of the non-icy kind) on the Broadway stage with Rent and Wicked. Her distinctive, powerful vocals quickly made her a frontrunner in the musical theatre scene, which is why it honestly kind of surprised us when we found out she was voicing the blonde, blizzard-bending ruler of Arendelle. We’ll admit we were skeptical at first, but after leaving the cinema, we concluded there was no one better to breathe their stunning timbre into the character.

Phil Collins
Phil Collins
19 May 2015

Phil Collins

Street cred: Seven Grammy Awards; an Oscar; sold over 150 million records (just as a solo artist); inducted into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sang: The whole soundtrack for Tarzan and Brother Bear

Ah, how we fondly remember growing up to the soothing ear-pleaser of a lullaby ‘You’ll be in my Heart’ (that scene with Kala and baby Tarzan almost made us wish we were brought up by honey-voiced primates). Gliding through the rest of the track list of both films is always a nostalgic treat too – whether it’s beautiful ballads like that or cheeky cheerful ones like ‘Trashin’ the Camp’, Phil perfectly flaunted his finesse as a distinguished songwriter who is also able to be the voice behind his own stunning work.

Elton John
Elton John
19 May 2015

Elton John

Street cred: Six Grammy Awards; an Oscar; sold over 300 million records; a knighthood etc. etc. (this is freaking Sir Elton John we’re talking about here)
Sang: ‘Circle of Life’, ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ for The Lion King

Not only did the English icon lend his vocals to the classic tunes, he also composed them (along with ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King’, ‘Be Prepared’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’), and we can all agree that the soundtrack is just as iconic as the beloved tale of big cat royalty itself, right?

If award-winning lyricist Tim Rice hadn’t rung up his buddy Elton, who was already a two-time Grammy winner by then, to collaborate on the penning process, we would probably never have seen ourselves attempting to scream along to the opening chanting in ‘Circle of Life’, or emotionally belting out the chorus of ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ – and we simply can’t imagine life without that.

Celine Dion
Celine Dion
19 May 2015

Celine Dion

Street cred: The best-selling Canadian artist in history; a lot of awards, from Grammy Awards to American Music Awards to Felix Awards to Billboard Music Awards…this list will go on
Sang: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Beauty and the Beast

Years before her other signature songs like ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’ came to be, a then-up-and-coming Celine finally found her international breakthrough with this true classic, which she recorded with Peabo Bryson (who also sports a pretty impressive resume of his own).

It’s been almost 25 years since then, and while Celine has certainly been propelled to supernova diva star status, we’ll always remember the curly-haired, 23-year-old French-Canadian lass warbling about tales as old as time and barely-even-friends bending unexpectedly.

All-4-One
All-4-One
19 May 2015

All-4-One

Street cred: A Grammy Award; sold over 22 million records; song ‘I Swear’ was Billboard’s #1 for 11 weeks
Sang: ‘Someday’ for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Some of the darkest, most tragic tales inspire the most beautiful tunes, and this soulful, hopeful anticipation of better days is one shining example. Fresh off the success of their Grammy Award-winning megahit ‘I Swear’, the four-piece group lent their heavenly harmony to the piano ballad that dreams of a better world full of love and acceptance. It may have been almost 20 years since this song was released, but the message is as relevant and the tune is timeless as ever.

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
19 May 2015

Christina Aguilera

Street cred: Six Grammy Awards; sold over 50 million albums; dubbed the “Princess of Pop” (sorry, Britney fans)
Sang: ‘Reflection’ for Mulan

Christina’s story is a little different from everyone else’s on this list because it was this performance that kicked off her illustrious career. Yup, without her heart-wrenching crooning about finding out who she really is, Christina might not have landed her debut album, which then continued to bring her from strength to strength to establish herself as a reigning young diva of our time.

“Who is that girl I see?” A musical megastar in the making, that’s what you saw.

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