The upcoming fourth episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will feature a new original song written by actress Olivia Rodrigo. She wrote and recorded the song for her character Nini-Salazar-Roberts.

What’s happening:

  • In the episode “Blocking,” 16-year old Rodrigo performs the piano ballad as her character, Nini Salazar-Roberts. She recorded the song live on set during filming.
  • Walt Disney Records shared a preview of the song on their YouTube channel. Take a look:

  • The song was produced by Matthew Tishler who previously worked with Rodrigo on songs for Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark.
  • Among his credits are songs for Ashley Tisdale, Dove Cameron, JoJo Siwa, BTS and EXO.

What they’re saying:

  • Series creator and executive producer Tim Federle: “Olivia wrote this emotional, in-depth song in just three days while filming the series and going to school. She has shown her strength not only as a composer and performer but also as a modern young woman who brilliantly channeled what the ‘Nini’ character is going through as she begins to take control of her own narrative.”
  • Olivia Rodrigo: “Nini is a character that is written so truthfully and she is so relatable to me so writing a song that came from a place of truth wasn’t too hard. I just feel so grateful to Tim for trusting me to write a song for such an incredible show. I hope that people can find bits of themselves in the song and can relate to it.”

ICYMI:

  • An upcoming episode will feature a song Rodrigo co-wrote with her fellow cast member Joshua Bassett titled, “Just a Moment.”
  • Songs from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will be released with each weekly episode and the full soundtrack will be available January 10, 2020.
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