Olivia Rodrigo made her songwriting debut this weekend with “All I Want,” a song featured in tonight’s episode of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on Disney+. In the episode, which is called “Blocking,” 16-year old Rodrigo performs the piano ballad as her character, Nini Salazar-Roberts. According to Disney, Rodrigo recorded the song live on set during filming.
Series creator and executive producer Tim Federle said, “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.”
Rodrigo commented, “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.”
The song was produced by multi-platinum songwriter/producer 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. The video steaming service also stated that an upcoming episode showcases a song Rodrigo co-wrote with her fellow cast member Joshua Bassett.
If you’re new to Disney+, it’s the new home for all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Movies and shows are available, commercial-free, along with a mix of documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content including series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” In the future, fans will have “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” to stream on the service. You can get a quick preview of the song if you missed the episode.
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