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Arrangement, Orchestration and Song Lion's Gate Release February 14 Atlantic Records Soundtrack January 16

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) Composer and musician Jay Weigel provides arrangement, orchestration and an original song for writer/director Tyler Perry's new film, "Daddy's Little Girls." The film is the follow-up to Perry's number one box office hits "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea's Family Reunion." For the film, Weigel arranges and orchestrates a new version of the classic "A Change is Gonna Come" performed on the Atlantic Records soundtrack by Charles Moore. He has also licensed the original composition "Aquarium Walk." Lion's Gate has the film in theaters February 14. Atlantic Records leads with the soundtrack January 16.

"Daddy's Little Girls" stars Gabrielle Union ("Bad Boys II," "Deliver Us From Eva") and Idris Elba ("The Gospel," "Sometimes in April") in the story of a single father, Monty (Elba), a garage mechanic who lives in a poor neighborhood and struggles to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters on his own. The star-studded cast includes Tracee Ellis Ross and Lou Gossett, Jr.

Weigel's most recent full-length CD, "The Mass of Pope John Paul II The Great," was released by MCG Jazz to commemorate the anniversary of the Pope's inauguration. Scored for orchestra and choir, the work was commissioned by the landmark Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans to honor the then Pope. Two weeks before its premiere, John Paul II passed away, and Weigel's "Mass" is now a memorial to the world leader and a fundraiser for the oldest existing Catholic Cathedral in continual use in the United States.

As Executive Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Weigel is leading the push for Louisiana's Sound Recording Investor Tax Credit, an incentive to bring music and business to the state. The New Orleans native, who has served as Executive Director since 1996, was contacted by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to help conserve New Orleans' position on the national arts scene as a significant force in the production and presentation of contemporary work. In January 2006, Weigel helped facilitate the recording of the score of Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion" in New Orleans, marking the first recording session to take advantage of the credit. The latest recording to take advantage of the credit is Charles Moore's "A Change is Gonna Come" from "Daddy's Little Girls."

The city and culture of New Orleans, has flavored much of Weigel's work and purpose. He recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to create an oratorio "7 Days in Paradise" based on the seven days spent in New Orleans by Jeffery Cook before and after Hurricane Katrina. In addition, he completed the score for Harold Sylvester's "NOLA" and has started work on the 90 minute film documentary "Katrina's Kids." Additionally, Weigel has served on the Bring New Orleans Back Subcommittee on Culture, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu's Louisiana Rebirth Advisory Board and is a Board member of the Louisiana Cultural Foundation. This year, he started a class in film scoring for Loyola University in New Orleans.

Weigel's concert works integrate the folk and improvised music of America, and in particular, New Orleans, into a classical format. Several orchestras have commissioned Weigel to produce new works, including the New Orleans Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and Lincoln Symphony, and in 1994 he received a major commission from the National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center as the Louisiana composer whose work most reflected the state culture.

Weigel has worked in the film and television world for over 20 years. His work can be heard in feature films, documentaries, orchestrations, arrangements for major recording artists and over 300 commercials. Upcoming projects include the independent film, "Childless," which will include several of his pieces including an arrangement of a song by Nick Cave; and "Full Throttle," the upcoming film from producer Oley Sassone and Executive producer Roger Corman.

Besides working on his own scores, Weigel has worked as an orchestrator, conductor, music preparatory and contractor for both fellow New Orleanian Terence Blanchard and Chris Thomas King.


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