Singer and songwriter Jason Gray has recently posted on Instagram his cover of "City Of Stars" from the movie La La Land. The recent movie is a romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film's title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.
"Several weeks ago we recorded 4 songs as a trio project. I was excited to get to do a couple of cover songs including this one. I love the movie and to my ear "City Of Stars" sounds like one of those timeless standards pulled from a page in the American Songbook."
"When the song won an Oscar, it was described as being both hopeful and melancholy at the same time, which is not easy for a songwriter to achieve. Mysterious, playful, wistful, happy, classic, modern, and of course romantic... it's so many things at once! It's also the kind of song that I don't normally get to do. I hope you like our little version we cooked up for you."
Jason Gray is an award-winning songwriter and considered one of the most prolific writers in the Christian music industry. In 2014, Jason Gray delivered his strongest record to date with Love Will Have The Final Word. The project became Gray's and Centricity Music's highest debuting record at that time by entering the Top Ten on Billboard's Christian Albums Chart.
The album also gave Gray his first No. 1 AC radio hit, "With Every Act Of Love." Gray's previous two projects, A Way To See In The Dark andEverything Sad Is Coming Untrue, delivered the talented singer/songwriter five Top Five singles in a row with "Nothing Is Wasted" becoming his first No. 1 single at radio. Gray has won two ASCAP Performance Awards for "More Like Falling In Love" (2011) and "Good To Be Alive" (2012).
He remains active on the touring circuit by appearing on the high-profile The Bible: Son of God 2014 Tour and sharing the stage with such major artists as Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day and TobyMac among many others. Gray headlined his With Every Act Of Love Tour in 2014, along with his popular Christmas Stories Tour that had its third annual run last December.