How does one of the world’s great musical voices,
and most independent artists on the planet, land amidst a face-off between man
and Superman in an Hollywood
“I’m a big Johnny Cash fan. And I’m a big Allison
Crowe fan. So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we
could make it happen,” explains “Man of Steel
” Director Zack Snyder.
“Allison and I had talked about trying to get some of her music in one of my
movies whenever we could – and I thought, well, if I just put her in
film then there’s no way that it won’t work. So, that’s where you get Allison
The film-maker, along with his stellar cast and
crew, deliver insights into the production of this epic science fiction
adventure, in “Journey of Discovery
”, a just-released special feature of
in Blu-ray edition.
“(Zack) keeps trying to get me into movies and it’s
amazing,” responds Crowe in the feature. “I first kinda met Zack over the
internet about songs online... I think about four or five years ago the first
one would have been the ‘Watchmen
’ and he was looking to do ‘Hallelujah
And then the second one we were looking at another song for ‘Sucker Punch’
so now we have Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’
and the altercation ensues…”
Allison Crowe with Zack Snyder on "Man of Steel" set - photo courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
The movie itself reveals how all the pieces fit –
and it’s an exhilarating ride and humbling experience for the Canadian
singer-songwriter. And it’s all inspiring.
entertainment world that increasingly genuflects at the altar of instant fame,
Crowe seems an anomaly, building her career slowly and carefully,” commented
Times Colonist newspaper scribe Adrian Chamberlain some years
back. Fine-tuned at the keyboard in arts reportage, (and an r’n’b combo), the
writer noted how the “Nanaimo songbird seems uninterested in celebrity and its trappings”.
The universe is ever-expanding for
the now Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based, Vancouver Island-born, Crowe, still
her goals and values are constant. "Soulful. Alive. Joyous.
Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," she’s said. More than
a dozen years along the road less-traveled, she succeeds like no one else.
From attending the red-carpet
premiere and festivities of “Man of Steel” this Summer, she traveled
from New York City to Cow Head, NL to musically direct the hit stage show “Newfoundland
Vinyl”, a production of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador at the Gros
Morne Theatre Festival. Her LP/album of the same name, joins her latest, “Heavy
Graces” among 2013’s best new releases. Crowe’s third album out this year,
“Songbook”, is an oeuvre-spanning 22-song compilation.
People everywhere can enjoy the
music – and folks in Allison Crowe’s hometowns can join in “Tidings”, a
celebration of music for the season and all-time, happening:
– Arts and Culture Centre, Corner Brook,
– Fairfield United Church,
BC – to aid Artemis Place
– Real Food, Old City Quarter, Nanaimo,
– Community Sing-along to aid Haven Society
– St. Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo, BC – with guests: Chelsea
Peckett; Daniel Knapp; Melissa Kahan; Taylor Johnstone; Raymond Salgado; &
Josh Holloway - to aid Woodlands Secondary Band and Basketball
Concert and community sing-along
details coming soon.
Labels: Adrian Chamberlain, Allison Crowe, British Columbia, Christmas, concert, Corner Brook, Hallelujah, Henry Cavill, Johnny Cash, Man of Steel, Nanaimo, Newfoundland, Superman, Tidings, Watchmen, Zack Snyder