Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network just recently announced that acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren has penned a new original song titled “You Will,” and it will serve as the official anthem for the still-growing network. The inspirational new single features a powerhouse performance by award-winning recording artists Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles (lead vocalist of country duo Sugarland). This isn’t the first time the two Jennifers have collaborated. Hudson performed “Silent Night” with 40-year-old Nettles and Kristian Bush on the Oprah Winfrey Show, back in 2009. The song was released by RCA Records and made available for purchase and streaming beginning Tuesday, March 24. Viewers of Tyler Perry’s hit drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” got the opportunity to hear the single during the series’ season finale on OWN the same day the song was released. The tune was also made available to stream on Oprah.com, and on music sites like iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. The music video offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the song’s recording session.
USA Today reports that Oprah is thrilled about the song. “I was so touched when Diane Warren came to me and said she wrote a song with OWN in mind,” said Oprah. “And then to have Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles bring the song to life with their stunning collaboration…what a gift,” the outlet wrote. The powerful ballad is all about self-empowerment, with Nettles and Hudson pushing their enchanting voices to the absolute limit. “‘You Will’ is such a powerful song that I am so very proud to be a part of,” said Jennifer Hudson. “It is always incredible to work with the incomparable Diane Warren, who is consistently creating music that so many people can relate to. I was honored to come together with Jennifer Nettles and create something special for OWN, which stands for so many wonderful things.”
“You Will” Music Video: https://youtu.be/UieLRIozFGY
Warren has written numerous hit songs for artists across all musical genres including: Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Cher, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin and many more. Warren stated that she wanted to convey why Oprah has been such a phenomenal success. “You Will” was arranged/produced by Grammy Award-winning producers The Underdogs (known for their work with Babyface and Lionel Richie) and Peter Stengaard.
Her songs have been featured in more than 100 films (including several specifically written for movies or television) over the past three decades. She has won and been nominated for countless awards, including Grammy Award (“Because You Loved Me”) and Golden Globe (“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me”) wins and is a seven-time Academy Award nominee. In 2001, she was offically inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.