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Little Rock native David Hodges has song used in “Safe Haven” trailer

Christina Perri ‘Safe Haven’ Interview- New Album Coming!

Published on Feb 6, 2013

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We caught up with “Jar of Hearts” singer Christina Perri at the Safe Haven movie premiere where her song “Arms” is featured on the soundtrack. We chatted with her on the red carpet about the song, and about her upcoming album

Christina Perri – Arms (Live on Ellen DeGeneres 05-13-2011) [HD]

Uploaded on May 14, 2011

In July 2010, the struggling singer-songwriter named Christina Perri performed her defiant break-up anthem”Jar of Hearts” on “So You Think You Can Dance.” The raw, emotional quality of her performance connected with viewers and catapulted the 24-year-old Philadelphia native into the public eye.

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merry little christmas! love, christina perri + david hodges

Uploaded on Dec 18, 2011

happy holidays and happy new year to everyone! i love you each. here’s to the best year yet in “the 12” 🙂 love, cp

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Earlier I posted about Little Rock native David Hodges co-writing with Christina Perri on the song “For a thousand years” that was used in the Twilight movies and now their song “Arms” is being used for the trailer for the movie “Safe Haven.” I have posted several videos concerning this song and by the way my wife and I loved the movie SAFE HAVEN.

Below is a blog post by David Hodges from 2011 concerning this song.

Posted on May 13, 2011 by David

It’s been too long…

Hello all,
I’ve been spending most of the last few months keeping up with you guys through Twitter, but I thought I’d start updating on here more regularly so I could fill you in on what’s going on in more than 140 characters. This blog will let you know what i’ve been up to in the songwriting world in the last 12 months or so, and I’ll write another blog updating Avox, Arrows, & other stuff later…

This week has been amazing because Christina Perri’s album lovestrong came out on Tuesday (May 10). So far it’s stayed in the top 5 on iTunes & the reception for the album has been amazing. Christina & I started writing last fall, and the first song we wrote together (“Arms”) is now the single (after “Jar of Hearts”, which really blew up and put her on the map over the last 12 months)! I love how all the songs we wrote together (“Arms”, “Distance”, “The Lonely”, “Miles”, & “Interlude” – an instrumental piece that we did while tracking the record), as well as the rest of the album, turned out. I also join CP & her band to perform on Jimmy Kimmel (airs May 18) & Ellen (airs today, May 13), which was great. I really can’t say enough about CP as an artist & a person – so talented & gracious & honest & kind…I hope you guys love her album as much as I do.

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Katharine McPhee’s hit song co-wrote by Little Rock native David Hodges

The “American Idol” contestant-turned-actress is getting positive reviews for her role in “Smash.” The singer plays an actress who is competing for the part of Marilyn Monroe in a Broadway show. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “‘Glee’ for grownups” and Entertainment Weekly calls McPhee “mediocre” but “very likable.”

Great song:

Uploaded by on Nov 25, 2009

Music video by Katharine McPhee performing Had It All. (C) 2009 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Earlier I posted about the song David Hodges wrote for the movie “Breaking Dawn.” David is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock and he performed the musical “The Light” at the Summitt Church a couple of years ago.

Writer: MITCH ALLAN, DAVID HODGES, KARA DIOGUARDI

Why’d I have to go and be a fool again
Why’d I have to go and make a big thing outta nothing
I didn’t know what I had
‘Til you were gone
It was right in front of me
All along
And now those days a same old story
Are feelin’ more like faded glory

I had it all
I threw it all aside
Thinkin’ there was more there I needed to find
I had it all baby
To give it away
Blue skies sunshine and butterflies
Those were the conditions that I left behind
Why did I let it go to waste
I had it all

So where are all the fireworks I thought I’d see
I still haven’t found the magic I was lookin’ for that made me leave
Oh no
I traded in my comfort zone
For empty nights of bein’ alone

I had it all
I threw it all aside
Thinkin’ there was more there I needed to find
I had it all baby
To give it away
Blue skies sunshine and butterflies
Those were the conditions that I left behind
Why did I let it go to waste

Why did I believe that a little voice
Led me down the path to this bad choice
Why don’t I listen to the angels
When they sing oh yeah they sing
Oh yeah

I had it all
I threw it all aside
Thinkin’ there was more there I needed to find
I had it all baby
To give it away
Blue skies sunshine and butterflies
Those were the conditions that I left behind
Why did I let it go to waste
I had it all
Why did I let it go to waste
I had it all
Why’d I have to go and be a fool again

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Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee warmly laughs as she confesses she’s been in “artistic hiding” for the last few years.“It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist,” she says. “I needed time to learn who I was as a musician.”Once she discovered the answer, however, her path was sure and swift.  On Unbroken, her Verve Records debut, listeners will discover a glorious side of McPhee previously untapped.  Poignant, vital lyrics swell over full, lush melodies. McPhee’s supple, clear voice, resonating with emotion and confidence, caresses each note on this collection of soon-to- be pop classics.Fans first met McPhee on Season Five of American Idol. The runner-up could seemingly sing any style of music, but especially mesmerized millions with her heart-stirring rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”  Her first solo album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in early 2007, only hinted at the extent of her talent—not only as a singer but as a songwriter—that Unbroken reveals.Unlike that first effort, McPhee co-wrote the majority of the songs on Unbroken, collaborating with fellow singer/songwriters Paula Cole,  Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yamagata.  “This record is definitely more personal to me,” McPhee says. “I have more stories to tell. It’s more of an artistic look at me as a person. Coming from a reality show, it’s hard to know the depth of somebody. This record gave me that opportunity to show that. That’s what Verve wanted from me: to make a record I was proud of. It was a huge blessing to give me that.”

Her vocals also display a new vulnerability and maturity that make Unbroken compelling listening. “I think I finally learned to breathe,” McPhee says, both literally and figuratively. “I’m grounded in my own body; my voice was grounded. Having a big voice, I had to realize that singing high notes didn’t equal artistry. This is more about how I can interpret a song, the nuances of singing.”

While sounding utterly contemporary, McPhee also drew from the tremendous voices that have guided her throughout her life ranging from Nina Simone to Sarah McLachlan. “I wanted some older influences on here,” she says. “My mom is a cabaret singer; I grew up with the Great American Songbook. That’s why I know all the standards, but I always had a want and a need for pop music.”

McPhee began work on Unbroken in 2008. At the urging on Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris, she traveled to Nashville several times to write with some of Music City’s top songwriters. “It was a really great place for me to grow as a songwriter; see how it’s done,” she says.

What emerged were tales of resilience, of being bowed but not broken by life’s experiences.  “There are a lot of dark stories. I see a lot of sadness in the world,” she says with a shrug. “I don’t always have a rosy picture of the world. That comes out in my music more than I would like it to.”

“How” faces taking charge in a suffocatingly dark time.  “The lyric was just so meaningful in so many ways,” McPhee says. “I had to be in a position where I said, ‘This is my life’.”
The devastating, string-laced ballad “Say Goodbye,” received its premiere when McPhee appeared on CSI: New York. Written about the pain that precedes an inevitable break up, “Say Goodbye,” is “the slit your wrist song,” McPhee says. (CSI: New York isn’t her only acting credit; McPhee has appeared on Ugly Betty, also co-starred in the 2008 hit The House Bunny and has a  lead role in the upcoming feature film You May Not Kiss the Bride).

McPhee makes the driving first single, “Had It All,” written by Kara Dioguardi, Mitch Allan and David Hodges, completely her own. The tune’s upbeat melodies contrast the often downbeat lyrics of someone who appears to have lost it all:  “The song represents a lot of stuff in some of our lives, looking back to the past,” she says. “We can feel like we maybe made mistakes, but it all works out.”

But McPhee is far from a gloom merchant. “Lifeline” is decidedly upbeat.  “Surrender,” co-written with Michaelson, is ultimately a self-affirming call to love yourself as much as others do. The breathtaking title track, written with Cole, features one of McPhee’s most stirring performances about coming through troubling times scarred but stronger.
McPhee paired with producer John Alagia, best known for his work with John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz, to record Unbroken in studios throughout Los Angeles. “Part of John’s charm was that he’s just such a blast to hang out with,” she says. “His contribution was really bringing in the right musicians and taking the vision to the right level.”

Along with her musical rebirth comes a stunning physical change:  McPhee recently transformed from a long-haired brunette to a sultry blonde. “I’ve never done anything crazy like this,” she says. “I didn’t think I would cut my hair off or go this blonde, but I’m going through changes. Searching for lyrics and meaning in the record just sort of forced me to examine inside and out.”

And yet come through to the other side, as McPhee does, Unbroken.

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Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote song for “Breaking Dawn” movie

Little Rock native and Arkansas Baptist High School graduate David Hodges co-wrote a song for the blockbuster movie “Breaking Dawn” that comes out this Friday.

 
 
 
By Leah Collins, Dose.ca Nov 1, 2011
OMG. Christina Perri went from a regular Twihard to a Twihard with a song on the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack. How'd she do it? Says Perri, "I just dreamt it."
 
 

OMG. Christina Perri went from a regular Twihard to a Twihard with a song on the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack. How’d she do it? Says Perri, “I just dreamt it.”

Photograph by: Getty Images, Getty Images

The first two topped the Billboard 200 chart, and between the three of them, they’ve sold 4.5 million copies in the Unites States alone. If you’re an artist interested in reaching a large audience — one who likes their vampires sparkly and their music moody — you’ll want a spot on a Twilight Saga soundtrack.

Singer-songwriter Christina Perri features on the latest, the original motion picture soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (the disc is due Nov. 8). A self-identified “Twihard” who waited in line eight hours for New Moon tickets and tattooed “Bitten” on her wrist long before she scored a hit with 2010 single “Jar of Hearts,” Perri’s new Breaking Dawn-inspired love ballad — the waltzing, orchestra-backed “A Thousand Years” — is the second single off the latest Twilight compilation.

So what, then, is the secret of landing a spot on a Twilight Saga soundtrack?

“Ohmigosh. Magic? I dunno,” says an earnest Perri over the phone. “I just dreamt it.”

Dreaming, after all, gets results for the L.A. musician. Every new year, a bit before the ball drops, Perri says she makes a “little list of dreams.” You could call them resolutions. “It’s a list of things I would love to happen and affirm to the universe,” the 25-year-old explains. “It’s very hippie of me.”

In 2010, her list featured the following: quit smoking, meet Jason Mraz, land a record deal. According to Perri, she checked off every entry — though that last item was accomplished in unusually spectacular fashion. In June 2010 a then-unknown Perri got one of her songs into the hands of a So You Think You Can Dance choreographer. That song, “Jar of Hearts,” was featured in a routine on the show. The piano ballad charted on Billboard soon after. One month later, she was performing live on the program and being flown to New York to sign a deal with Atlantic Records. Calling her an overnight sensation would be apt.

The top item on her 2011 list? Land a song on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack — a goal that was hardly a secret thanks to her saying as much, repeatedly, to the press and her team (she notes that Atlantic Records holds a partnership with Chop Shop, the company helmed by Twilight‘s music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas). Still, saying you want a song in Breaking Dawn and actually landing the opportunity are two totally different things, but this summer, Perri was given the chance to affirm the power of good old fashioned goal setting.

She was asked to write a brand new song for the film, and to prepare, she and co-writer David Hodges — whom she’d worked with previously on her May 2011 debut, Lovestrong — were invited to a small preview screening of Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

Perri admits she’s become emotional after watching every Twilight movie so far. “Ye-e-eah, I’ve cried after all of them,” she says. Breaking Dawn, Part 1 was no exception.

“Ohmigod, I was such a dork,” remembers Perri. “It was so funny, everybody was all like Hollywood, and on their Blackberries, and very professional, and I sat right up front and cried my eyes out the whole time. … I cried because the movie is so good and I cried because I felt so lucky to be there.”

As for the Hollywood types pecking out BBMs, and any other assorted members of Team Twilight, Perri explains that everyone left her in her own creative world when it came to songwriting. “They just said ‘Here’s the movie, and whatever inspires you please submit.’ It was so loose,” she explains. And Perri didn’t slack on filling that request.

“It’s funny, I feel as though I could’ve wrote ‘A Thousand Years’ without having seen the movie because I am such a big fan,” says Perri — but actually getting the chance to preview it left her overwhelmed with fangirlish inspiration. “The vibe, the characters, the wedding, the honeymoon, the whole — the movie is just so phenomenally wonderful that I left there on such a high that we ran straight to my house and just knocked it out really fast.”

Fast like one day.

“I just decided to take my favourite part of the movie and just write about it,” Perri says — and by Taylor Lautner’s abdominals, thank goodness she’s not obsessed with Breaking Dawn’s birthing scene.

“Take away all the fluff and Robert Pattinson and vampires — you don’t need any of that when you read this book. Or the whole series. To feel the real, pure love that’s there,” Perri says of what she loves about the Twilight Saga.

“I wrote it [‘A Thousand Years’] solely [thinking] about the purest form of love between Edward and Bella, or between any man and woman about to get married, and feeling you found your soul mate,” she says. “Everyone’s saying it’s Edward and Bella’s love song and it has a lot to do with the wedding, but I didn’t make it about the wedding. I made it about the love — the feelings, the emotions, the fear. So I wanted to make it able to be at any part of the movie. I didn’t specifically write it for one thing, but when I sat down at the piano — ohmigod, that’s what came out. It was just the purest form of the love story that got me.”

Perri still doesn’t know where “A Thousand Years” will appear in the film. “They tell me nothing. They’re secret service, the Summit studio.” But with its placement, at least, guaranteed, she could use a late addition to her 2011 wish list: “Make a good impression on the cast of Breaking Dawn.” Leading up to the film’s release, she’ll travel to a few cities in the U.S. with members of the cast to do promo.

“I haven’t met any of them, and I’m going to be on a jet with them. I can’t imagine it yet, I’m actually terrified,” she says. “Ohmigod. I’m still not sure how I’m not going to pee my pants.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is due in stores Nov. 8.