Who Sings What on the 'August Rush' Soundtrack?

Features New Songs by John Legend and John Ondrasik

August Rush Soundtrack
August Rush - Music from the Motion Picture. © Columbia Records

The 2007 Warner Bros. Pictures musical drama August Rush is something of a sleeper hit -- though it grossed a modest $31.6 million at the U.S. box office, it performed equally well overseas and has had a healthy second life on television and home video.

In the film, Freddie Highmore plays Evan Taylor, a young orphan who is a musical prodigy runs away to New York City in an attempt to find his birth parents, a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell).

While in New York, Evan is discovered by a homeless man named Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace (Robin Williams), who recognizes Evan's talent for composing and performing and promotes him as a street performer named "August Rush." Much of the music played by Highmore's character in the film was actually played by award-winning guitarist and composer Kaki King.

Naturally, a film like August Rush is filled with music, and the soundtrack is arguably more successful than the film itself. Columbia Records' August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture was released on November 13, 2007, a week before the release of the film in the United States. August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks Chart and spent 48 weeks on the chart.

August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture features brand new songs from John Legend ("Someday") and Five For Fighting musician John Ondrasik ("King of the Earth"), as well as performances by actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kaki King from the film, including Meyers' cover of Van Morrison's classic song "Moondance." It also features another cover song by American trumpeter Chris Botti as a hidden track.

Other artists on the soundtrack include Paula Cole and Leon Thomas III. Legend's "Someday" was released as a single, but it failed to chart.

Much of the other material was written by Grammy Award-winning composer Mark Mancina, who is best known for arranging many of the songs in The Lion King (both the film and Broadway musical).

Other films Mancina has worked on include Speed, Bad Boys, Twister, and Training Day.

"Raise It Up," which was written by the Impact Repertory Theatre and performed by Jamia Simone Nash and the Impact Repertory Theatre, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It lost to "Falling Slowly," a song from the Irish independent movie Once.

August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture Track List

1) Main Title - Mark Mancina
2) Bach/Break - Steve Erdody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
3) Moondance featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers
4) This Time - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
5) Bari Improv - Kaki King
6) Ritual Dance - Kaki King
7) Raise It Up - Jamia Simone Nash and Impact Repertory Theater
8) Dueling Guitars - Heitor Pereira and Doug Smith
9) Elgar/Something Inside - Steve Erdody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
10) August's Rhapsody featuring Freddie Highmore - Mark Mancina
11) Someday - John Legend
12) King of the Earth - John Ondrasik
13) God Bless the Child - Chris Botti and Paula Cole
14) La Bamba - Leon Thomas III
15) Moondance - Chris Botti (Hidden Track)

In April 2010, a second soundtrack featuring Mark Mancina's score was released as a digital download.

August Rush - Original Score to the Motion Picture Track List

1) August's Rhapsody in C Major    
2) Wine Glass Suite
3) Arpeggio Theme
4) Guitar Lullaby
5) Against The Gate
6) Washington Square
7) Hospital
8) Photo
9) Piano Lullaby
10) Playground
11) Julliard Pt. 2
12) Searching - Wind Up
13) Basketball
14) Main Title from Theme Suite One
15) Bari Improves (Original Demo)
16) AR Pipe Organ (Original Demo)
17) August Rush Rhapsody (Original Demo)

In November 2014, it was reported that Mark Mancina was working with playwright Glen Berger (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) to adapt August Rush as a stage musical. However, the project has yet to advance past the development stage.

Edited by Christopher McKittrick