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"True to Your Heart"
Song by 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder
from the album Mulan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Released 1998
Songwriter(s)
  • Matthew Wilder
  • David Zippel
Producer(s)

"True to Your Heart" is the "end-credits song" of Disney's 1998 animated film Mulan, and one of two singles released off the soundtrack. It was written by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel.

Critics felt the song was vibrant but ultimately seemed out of place in the Mulan film and soundtrack.

Production

Matthew Wilder & David Zippel had written the song originally for Hanson, but the deal eventually fell through. They were subsequently asked to alter the song to give it a "Stevie Wonder feel". The writers previously had the opportunity to work with famous performers like dubbing artist Marni Nixon, though were "excited and astonished" to work with Wonder. Wilder recalled: "While sitting in the studio waiting for Wonder's arrival, some guy walks in and sets up a keyboard and then walks out with saying a word. After several hours passed, Wonder finally arrived. I peaked my head out into the hallway in time to see him floating down this long hallway in this floor-length dashiki. He looked like an African god." Wilder and Zippel didn't have a clear collaboration in mind when calling Wonder into the studio. Initially they had asked him to play harmonica on the track. Wonder said that he liked the song, describing it as "a song I would've written back in the '70s and I’m into it" and offered to sing on it.

Meanwhile, 98 Degrees had recently released their debut album with just one single "Invisible Man" and the album failed to chart. The band's next creative step following this was to explore the international markets of Asia and Europe and record "True to Your Heart" with Stevie Wonder for Disney's Mulan soundtrack which led them to wider recognition.

Release

The song was released as the first single off the soundtrack and was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television. The song has different lyrics in the movie than on the soundtrack. The song reached 51 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1998.

Sandy and Jr. interpreted the song in Portuguese as "Seu Coração".

Raven-Symone recorded the song in 2004 for the soundtrack to Ella Enchanted and Disneymania 2. Both versions were released on 2004's Mulan: Special Edition.

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