Jennifer Lawrence Hits Top 40 With ‘The Hanging Tree’

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence was worried about singing when she was asked to do so for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. She did not think her singing voice was good enough and believed she would mess up the song. However, the result was a very touching and haunting song, The Hanging Tree, in which her vocals propelled the Lumineer tune into the To 40 on the BBC charts.

According to the BBC, Jennifer Lawrence, 24, now has hit the Top 40 charts in the U.K. Lawrence already has an Oscar. Who knows? Maybe the talented young actress will also add a Grammy to her growing list of accomplishments.

The Hanging Tree is at number 29 on the U.K. charts, according to People. Pretty good, for someone who Francis Lawrence, the director of the movie, said had been extremely anxious about singing the song during a crucial scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The director said the Jennifer “was in tears,” when they were about to start the first take. he added that Jennifer would have preferred that “we used somebody else’s voice,” like that of Lorde, who sings the movie’s theme song.

Jennifer Lawrence does not have a soaring voice as she sings. It sounds more like her usual speaking voice. But, that turned out to be perfect for the song and the movie. As the director pointed out, the song was intended to “sound like a real girl singing.” Though he said that Jennifer “hated me for making her do it all day,” the director was pleased with Jenifer’s voice in the song, saying it has “a raspy texture to it.”

According to Broadway World, The Hanging Tree is even higher on the charts. The Official Charts Company has the song at number 17. The song was written by The Lumineers, after they had read the books. Their vocals are also used on the song.

The Hanging Tree is, alas, not on the album for the movie. Lorde and Charli XCX has songs on it, but the Jennifer Lawrence one was not included on it, according to Broadway World.

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), has forever ended the yearly Hunger Games. She works with President Coin, played by Julianne Moore, and other friends to try to save Peeta, played by actor Josh Hutcherson. The screenplay for screenplay for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.

Director Francis Lawrence had a vocal coach work with Jennifer Lawrence, though she was not at all pleased with the training. She recorded “a test” version of The Hanging Tree, and the director said that was “what she did on the day in the quarry.”

While Jennifer Lawrence might not be going to record a hit album like her friend, Taylor Swift’s, 1989, anytime soon, she is finding quite a bit of success with her song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which she did with The Lumineers, The Hanging Tree. The song has entered into the Top 40 charts in the U.K. The movie is the number one flick in the United States currently. It is based on the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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