Inside The Making Of The A Star Is Born Soundtrack in Esquire

Go Inside The Making Of The A Star Is Born Soundtrack in Esquire

“More than a year before it would become a viral Internet phenomenon via the trailer for A Star is Born, Lady Gaga was holed up in a Los Angeles studio presenting “Shallow” to a group of songwriters. Surrounded by some of the most accomplished musicians in the industry, Gaga was emphatically discussing her character in the film, Ally, a young singer so far rebuked by the industry on the account of her looks.

Down the hall, handfuls of other writers were working on more songs—some for Ally, others for the world-weary, addiction-addled Jackson Maine played tenderly by Bradley Cooper for his directorial debut and the fourth iteration of the fabled Hollywood tale. Cooper spent four years in research for the role, co-wrote the script, and even lowered his vocal register a full octave to sound like the raspy drifter he hoped to embody. And when it came to the soundtrack, he, along with Gaga and Lukas Nelson (frontman and bandleader of Promise of the Real, and Willie Nelson’s son), were being equally ambitious. They enlisted a murderer’s row of favorite producers and songwriters like Mark Ronson, Dave Cobb, Lori McKenna, Jason Isbell, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and more, to collaborate…..” – Madison Vain, Esquire

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