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Loyola musicians participate in New Orleans-based Disney film

Loyola press release - December 7, 2009

The Pinnacle Gospel Choir, organized by Loyola University New Orleans staffer Lyle E. Henderson, is featured in the Disney animated film, "The Princess and the Frog." Henderson is the office manager for the chemistry and physics department. Also featured in the film is Grammy Award-winning New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at Loyola.

In the movie, the choir provides background vocals for "Dig a Little Deeper," accompanying actress Jennifer Lewis who plays Mama Odie, a voodoo priestess fairy godmother.

"Tom MacDougall of Disney Animation Studios asked us to take an original song by the film’s composer, native Louisiana musician Randy Newman, and ‘gospelize’ it," said Henderson. "We made it happen, and we’re excited to be a part of the project."

The Princess and the Frog is a classic Disney fairy tale set in the New Orleans French Quarter, featuring Tiana, the first African-American animated princess in Disney history. Directed by John Musker and Rom Clements, the film opened in theatres on Dec. 11.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Henderson or Blanchard, contact Sean Snyder in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882 or smsnyder@loyno.edu.