Oklahoma-born and bred country singer-songwriter Amber Hayes talks about the Oklahoma-made film “Cowgirls ‘N Angels” in the video interview posted below with Hollywood Teen ‘Zine.
The coming-of-age rodeo drama “Cowgirls N’ Angels,” which was filmed in Stillwater, Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Pawnee, was released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Hayes, a Weleetka native, contributed three songs to the film and its soundtrack: the uplifting anthem “Right as Rain,” the lively toe-tapper “C’mon” and the father-daughter ballad “Always There for Me,” which she co-wrote just for the movie and recorded as a duet with former Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald. Hayes and the country crooner also perform in a sequence in the movie.
“I thought, ‘OK, having three songs in a movie, that’s gonna be cool.’ But actually being in the movie is just an added bonus,” Hayes told me in a May interview around the movie’s theatrical release. “They could’ve had somebody else come and do it and just used the music. But I’m glad that they asked me to come in and get involved.”
When she first wrote “Always There for Me,” she thought McDonald would be perfect for the duet because “his voice is very warm and it has so much emotion.”
Playing a honky-tonk singer, Hayes also belted “C’mon,” the title track from her 2010 debut EP, while the cast danced through the Stillwater club Outlaws.
“When I got there they all had been practicing the line dance for ‘C’mon.’ It was just so cool when I was up on stage watching all these great actors dancing and singing along to my song,” said Hayes, who recently finished recording her sophomore effort and plans to release it later this year.
The debut feature from director/co-writer Timothy Armstrong, “Cowgirls N’ Angels” tells the tale of young Ida Clayton (Bailee Madison), a sassy small-town Oklahoma girl who longs to know her father, a rodeo rider she’s never met. While searching for her dad at the local arena, she connects with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a female trick riding team led by rodeo legend Terence Parker (Oscar nominee James Cromwell). Recognizing that Ida has a natural affinity for horses and a strong desire to belong somewhere, Terence recruits the girl into the Sweethearts.
The production used a 35 percent Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate, administered by the state, according to the state Film and Music Office. It also was eligible to receive an additional 2 percent offered by the state for including music in the film created by Oklahomans. Several Oklahoma musicians and actors were part of making the movie.
To read my movie review of “Cowgirls ‘N Angels,” click here.