The Hunger Games soundtrack boasts a highly-recognizable, diverse array of contributors: Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift, the Decemberists, Miranda Lambert and plenty of others. It also features a talented, soul-singing upstart by the name of Rozzi Crane duetting with Adam Levine on Maroon 5’s addition to the film. So we sat down with the rising talent to find out her story and learned just how psyched she was to have her voice on the soundtrack.
“I was a huge fan of the series. I read all three of them in maybe four days,” Crane told us. “Everyone who’s read the book knows what I’m talking about, there’s just no putting it down. So of course I would have been beyond excited to be on a Maroon 5 song regardless, but to be part of this movie was really special because I’m already a fan.”
Crane also explained the concept behind the song she sings with Maroon 5, which was written by Academy Award-winner Glen Hansard (he’s the Irish co-writer behind “Falling Slowly” from Once). She says Hansard wrote “Come Away to the Water” from the perspective from Cato, one of the villains, an intensely-trained warrior who tries to lure dehydrated hero Katniss to the water to kill her.
“It’s a really interesting perspective because in the movie you see him as the evil one, you want him to die. But if you take a step back, you realize he’s just a kid in the Hunger Games also trying not to die.”
Rozzi Crane also told us about how she ended up with this slick soundtrack gig in the first place. “Being on the soundtrack was just great timing,” Crane said. “I’m the first artist signed to Adam Levine’s new record label, and since Maroon 5 was approached to be on the soundtrack, it was just kinda perfect. It was a duet, so it just made sense for me to sing the girl part on the song.”
Watch the video above for the full Rozzi Crane interview.