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'RBG' End-Credits Song "I'll Fight" Was Written To Show Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Power
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg-inspired film On The Basis Of Sex is out today, but an equally powerful documentary about the Supreme Court justice has been available to watch since early 2018. The doc also boasts a powerful anthem "I'll Fight" (performed by GRAMMY winner Jennifer Hudson) written by a GRAMMY-winner that knows a thing or two about writing music for inspiring people at the head of the courtroom.
Songwriter Diane Warren, who also wrote the GRAMMY-nominated "Stand Up For Something" from the motion picture Marshall based on the life of Thurgood Marshall, wanted to pen a strong anthem for the film.
"I wanted it to show that she is a fighter, and this is what she’d been doing for years, even before she was on the Supreme Court bench," Warren told ASCAP.
Bader Ginsberg or RBG as she's fondly called sometimes, has not only been seen as influential in court cases, including those of same-sex marriage, but she has battled cancer three times. In Dec., she "underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center … to remove two malignant nodules in her left lung," the Washington Post reported. Post the procedure, doctors said there was no evidence of the disease remaining.
Warren's career is impressive in its own right having written songs for Beyoncé and Aerosmith, and had her songs featured in over 100 movies. She said Hudson helped bring this particular song to life.
"I loved the dichotomy of getting Jennifer Hudson to sing it, because [RBG] speaks so softly, but so powerfully," Warren said. "It’s almost like Jennifer Hudson’s voice became her avatar - because that’s what she really sounds like to us. She’s a diva! She’s a notorious RBG. So I didn’t want it to be soft. I wanted it to have power."