Walt Disney Records

Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition)


Moana is Disney’s 56th animated motion picture and was released in 2016. It follows the story of Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian village chief, who is chosen by the ocean to return a mystical pounamu stone – the heart of the life-giving goddess Te Fiti – which was stolen by the demigod Maui. When blight strikes Moana’s island, a result of the loss of Te Fiti’s heart, Moana sets out to find Maui and have him return the heart before her island is completely consumed by darkness.

For the soundtrack Disney wanted to combine traditional South Pacific culture with pop and Broadway styles. To this end they hired songwriter and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, composer Mark Mancina, and Tokelauan singer-songwriter Opetaia Foa'i. The lyrics for the songs are in the Samoan, Tokelauan, Tuvalu, and English languages. The first song completed was “We Know the Way”, which Foa'i began after his first meeting with Disney in December 2013.
The score was both composed and produced by Mark Mancina. Wanting to have an authentic South Pacific sound that matched the songs and stayed faithful to the film’s setting, Mancina wrote the score to have Western elements but also heavily feature instruments from the South Pacific such as woodwinds made from bamboo from the region and traditional drums.

The soundtrack received overly positive reviews and has gone Platinum with over 1,000,000 copies sold (over 510,000 copies have been sold in the US alone). The song “How Far I’ll Go” was nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song and also received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 89th Academy Awards. In 2018 the song won the “Best Song Written for Visual MediaGrammy Award. Also in 2018 the soundtrack won Billboard’s 2018 award for Top Soundtrack.

Song Credits

Primary Artists: Alessia Cara , Auli’i Cravalho , Auli’i Cravalho, Vai Mahina, Olivia Foa’i, Opetaia Foa’i & Matthew Ineleo , Ayda Jebat , Christopher Jackson, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Auli’i Cravalho & Louise Bush , Dwayne Johnson , Jemaine Clement , Jordan Fisher , Lin-Manuel Miranda & Opetaia Foa’i , Mark Mancina , Mark Mancina & Opetaia Foa’i , Maudy Ayunda , Olivia Foa’i , Olivia Foa’i, Opetaia Foa’i & Talaga Steve Sale , Opetaia Foa’i & Lin-Manuel Miranda , Rachel House & Auli’i Cravalho , Vai Mahina, Sulata Foai-Amiatu & Matthew Ineleo , Walt Disney Records
Featuring: Lin-Manuel Miranda , Marcy Harriell
Producers: Chris Montan , Dave Metzger , Lin-Manuel Miranda , !llmind , Mark Mancina , OAK , Opetaia Foa’i , Trevorious
Writers: Lin-Manuel Miranda , Mark Mancina , Opetaia Foa’i
Arranger: Dave Metzger
Assistant Recording Engineer: Adam Michalak , Andrew Page , Dave Metzger , Larry Mah , Marlon Espino , Opetaia Foa’i , Ryan McClure , Timothy Marchiafava , Tom Hardisty , Wil Anspach
Choir: Pasifika Voices , Te Vaka
Conductor: Don Harper
Editor: Dan Pinder , Earl Ghaffari
Engineer: Andrew Page , David Boucher , Marlon Espino
Label: Walt Disney Records
Lead Vocals: Jordan Fisher
Mixer: David Boucher , Erik Madrid , Joey Raia
Mixing Engineer: David Boucher
Music Production: Andrew Page , Marlon Espino
Orchestrator: Dave Metzger
Performed By: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Performer: Lin-Manuel Miranda , Marcy Harriell
Primary Arists: Mark Mancina , Opetaia Foa’i
Primary Artists: Auli’i Cravalho , Christopher Jackson , Lin-Manuel Miranda , Louise Bush , Mark Mancina , Matthew Ineleo , Nicole Scherzinger , Olivia Foa’i , Opetaia Foa’i , Rachel House , Sulata Foai-Amiatu , Talaga Steve Sale , Vai Mahina
Recorder: Adam Michalak , Larry Mah , Tom Hardisty
Recording Arranger: Dave Metzger
Recording Engineer: Joey Raia , Joey Ramone , Larry Mah
Studio Personnel: Dan Pinder , David Boucher , Earl Ghaffari , Erik Madrid , Joey Raia , Marlon Espino , Ryan McClure , Timothy Marchiafava , Wil Anspach
Vocal Arranger: Dave Metzger , Opetaia Foa’i
Vocals: Alessia Cara , Auli’i Cravalho , Christopher Jackson , Dwayne Johnson , Jemaine Clement , Lin-Manuel Miranda , Louise Bush , Matthew Ineleo , Nicole Scherzinger , Olivia Foa’i , Opetaia Foa’i , Rachel House , Sulata Foai-Amiatu , Talaga Steve Sale , Vai Mahina