“When you see a film, all you can do is try to capture the emotion of what you’re seeing, and try to be as true as possible. The movie to me is very powerful,” declares Linda Perry during our recent webcam interview (watch the exclusive video above) when asked about her original song for “Served Like a Girl.” Directed by Lysa Heslov, this documentary follows five women who compete in the Ms. Veteran America contest, a fundraising event for homeless female vets. The longtime singer-songwriter and record producer penned the tune “Dancing Through the Wreckage” with Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar, who also performs it.
“I get touched by whoever it is I’m working with,” explains Perry of her songwriting process. “The song comes from the emotional part of the movie.” In this case, the tunesmith was moved by the stories of “women who come back from being of service to our country, and they have absolutely no funding, no benefits whatsoever, like the men do.”
Perry received a Grammy nomination in 2004 for her song “Beautiful,” performed by Christina Aguilera. She was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Perry and her company We Are Here are currently working with Aguilera, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Lykke Li, Natasha Bedingfield, and others to create a soundtrack that will donate all profits to Final Salute, a charity that benefits female veterans. None of the participants are collecting a salary on the album.
“Served Like a Girl” premiered at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival before playing at the Bentonville Film Festival, where it won the jury prize for Best Documentary. It opened in New York and Los Angeles on August 25 ahead of a United States expansion. Check out our full interview above for more about Perry’s work on the film.
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