BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents the original soundtrack to A RAISIN IN THE SUN. The album features music composed by Mervyn Warren for the 2008 Sony Pictures television film, adapted by Paris Qualles (THE TUSKEEGEE AIRMEN) for the screen from the classic play written by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Sean Combs, Tony Award winners Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald, Tony Award nominee Sanaa Lathan, along with John Stamos.
This is the third filmed production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, following in the footsteps of the 1961 classic film directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett, Jr. and the 1989 television film directed by Bill Duke and starring Danny Glover, springing from the 2004 award-winning Broadway revival of the play. Presented as a special three-hour television event, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, set in the 1950s, tells the story of the Younger family, a hard-working Black family living in a cramped tenement building in Chicago’s South Side and their attempts to struggle with poverty, racism and internal conflict as they strive for a better life. The Younger family is about to receive a $10,000 insurance check and tensions rise as the family tries to decide how to best use the money.
Composer Mervyn Warren was playing piano by the age of 5 and writing songs by the age of 10. He is a Five-time Grammy Award winner and Ten-time nominee. He is a highly accomplished film composer, record producer, songwriter/lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. Equally adept at various styles, Merv’s work spans the genres of pop, R&B, jazz, orchestral, classical, hip-hop, vocal, country and gospel. He is one of the industry’s most sought-after record producers and has collaborated with Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Chicago and Queen Latifah. His credits as film composer include A WALK TO REMEMBER, HONEY, THE PREACHER’S WIFE and THE WEDDING PLANNER. He is an original member of Take 6, the a-cappella sextet that took the world by storm in 1988. Merv has also written many arrangements for his mentors, Quincy Jones and David Foster.