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Happy new year as Disney's 'Snow White' to feature Irish priest's song

Sarah MacDonald

Published 04/01/2014 | 02:30

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Fr Liam Lawton

THE new year has got off to a cracking start for one of Ireland's top composers and performers with news that Disney is to use one of his songs for a special retrospective of film classics such as 'Snow White', 'Peter Pan' and 'Cinderella'.

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The promotional film is due out later this month and features Liam Lawton's song 'Beyond Belief', performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Longford-born soprano Emer Barry.

Barry, who performs with the group Affiniti, has been chosen as the voice of Disneyland Paris' latest ad campaign.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Lawton, who is director of sacred music and a priest of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, said he had been approached by an agent in New York acting for Disney. The corporation was looking for a new song to promote its brand and well-known film characters.

'Beyond Belief' represents the "positivity of life and especially believing in our dreams, that all things are possible if we believe in ourselves," he said.

According to the Carlow-based musician -- who has recorded 15 albums to date, a number of which have been award-winning platinum sellers -- "many of us have no appreciation of the boundless possibilities we can reach if we could believe in ourselves and help others to do the same".

Though he hasn't seen the film's final cut yet, it is due for release this month.

Irish Independent

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