Lori McKenna co-writes song for ‘Free Solo’ documentary
Grammy-winning Stoughton singer-songwriter Lori McKenna added to her considerable list of accomplishments when National Geographic Documentary Films selected country star Tim McGraw to perform the song “Gravity” for its upcoming feature documentary “Free Solo.”
The song was co-written by McGraw and McKenna for the film, which tells the story of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to scale the face of the world’s most famous rock, the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, alone and without a rope.
The movie, from documentary filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi and photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, will be released in theaters Sept. 28.
“There are few people who pursue their passion with the fearlessness of Alex Honnold. It’s both terrifying and exhilarating to be on that journey with him when you watch “Free Solo,” said McGraw. “Lori McKenna and I wanted the lyrics of ‘Gravity’ to be a reminder that fear is a battle fought on a variety of planes, from mental to spiritual to physical. We tend to think ‘fearlessness’ is synonymous with big bold gestures, but there’s also a fragility inherent in risk — and we wanted that to come through.”