On Friday June 27, we were invited to an exclusive special acoustic performance of “Still I Fly” featured in Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ sung by co-writer / performer Spencer Lee at Disney ToonStudios.
Spencer Lee who was born on a farm in Scott Kansas, is a singer-songwriter on the rise. After developing his unique sound, which he dubs “blue eyed fun,” Lee, 21, joined the songwriting collective The Brain House and subsequently inked a deal with the company. He is currently finishing his debut album, which he co-wrote and co-produced.
Here is his acoustic performance of “Still I Fly”
After his performance we had the chance to sit down and talk with Spencer about his inspiration behind “Still I Fly” and future of his music.
Q. What is the song “Still I Fly” about and what makes it special?
A. I was a young man when I co-wrote this song, and during that part of my life I was really struggling. In writing it, I gave myself a big of home to keep on going and to stay true to what I believe in.
Q. What does it mean to you be part of a film like ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’?
A. I grew up watching all the great Disney classics and it feels good to be able to give something back. I can’t with for my little nieces and nephews to see this.
Q. How would you describe the music you’ll be releasing, and who are you working with?
A. It’s a smorgasbord of all the things that make you wanna get down and dance. I’ve co-written and co-produced the album with Freddy Wexler. We’ve put a lot of soul into this album.
That being said, Spencer Lee gave us another sneak-peak performance of one of his new songs “Bubble Gum” that will be on the album.
Q. In ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ one of the movie’s key themes is second chances – If one dream falters, what do you do next? Can you relate?
A. I definitely believe in second chances. Coming to LA from a small Kansas town, I had to learn and grow from my mistakes; at time, certain paths I thought would lead me to my dream didn’t, and I had to find my bearing and move in other directions. Eventually, my journey led me to a recording contract with The Brain Music. I’ve been recording my debut album which comes out this Summer for the past nine months, and I’m excited to release it.
‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.