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The filmmakers chose iconic film composer Thomas Newman to score "The Help.” With 10 Academy Award® nominations and two Grammys®, Newman is one of the most respected composers in modern film and has scored over 50 feature films in his prolific career. Producer Brunson Green says, "Thomas Newman is just a phenomenal composer. The range of emotions he can evoke from sounds is amazing.” Adds Chris Columbus, "Thomas is one of those composers who never hits you over the head with sentimentality...his emotions are very subtle, but they sneak up on you. You're never being told to cry based on his score; you're never told to feel a certain way. His score exists to support the characters. And he's done a remarkable job at creating a score that is evocative of the South.”

Newman's touch for the South may have something to do with the fact that his mother is originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi, which is one of the neighboring towns that the filmmakers shot in. As Brunson Green reflects, "He's a southern boy at heart too.”

Multiple Grammy® Award–winning recording artist Mary J. Blige also contributed to the score by writing and recording an original endcredit song.

The song, "The Living Proof,” was written and recorded by Blige after she saw a screening of the film. She was inspired by the women in the film, whom she says "chose to walk in love and forgiveness.”

Also moved by the film's celebration of courage to inspire change, Blige says, "To speak to so many women with this song means a lot to me. I wanted to be involved with this film because I think we need to encourage each other more; we are here to tell a story.”

"The Help” soundtrack will be released on July 26, 2011, by Interscope Records.

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