Album: Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Walt Disney Records
Written by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Produced by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
‘How Far I’ll Go’ was written for Disney’s 2016 animated film Moana. The song was performed in the film by actor and singer Auli’i Cravalho, with a separate version of the track performed by Alessia Cara and released as a single. Both versions appear on the 2016 release of Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which peaked at number 7 on the UK Albums chart.
The popularity of the film and song led to several award nominations, including Best Original Song at the 2017 Academy Awards, and winning Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
This popular film score song offers a great challenge for anyone keen on the musical theatre genre.
The song has a wide range (B3-D5) and some larger intervallic leaps and you should start by establishing a key where you can comfortably reach the top notes, aiming for these to be sung with a confident tone in your head voice.
Take time to study the melodic detailing for secure intonation and be sure to prepare for the key change (from bar 35) taking the last chorus up a semitone.
You can look to use a speech-style tone quality, as if you are talking directly to someone in conversation. This will help you avoid singing too loud and pushing the upper part of your range. Confident emphasis of the lyrics with clear articulation will help your overall phrasing and communication of the lyrics.