Gwen Stefani Talks Paddington Shine

I caught up with synthpop star Gwen Stefani last week at a DGA reception for Paddington, the smart and witty movie adaptation of the popular Michael Bond books opening Friday through The Weinstein Co.  Stefani sings the infectious main title song, “Shine,” backed by mentor Pharrell Williams, which is sure to be a contender next awards season.

Stefani credited 8-year-old son Kingston with reuniting her with Williams after he was jealous that he wasn’t in the “Happy”  music video.  So she made a home video with Kingston and sent it to Williams and that led to a surprise performance together at the Coachella music festival and the collaboration on “Shine.”

“Just being around Pharrell was very inspiring,” Stefani adds. “You’re looking at music in such a different way and it was great and Pharrell has such an incredible energy right now, he’s in such an incredible place. I ended up having a meeting in Miami and that’s when they called about ‘Shine.’

“So we went on saw Paddington and it was interesting because Pharrell’s much more experienced with this kind of song. He makes everything seem so easy. For me, it’s about this bear’s journey to find a home and we wanted the song to be uplifting. But I wanted it to be more abstract lyrically and he wanted it to be more specific to the movie. And at first it felt weird (‘I wish I was a bear”), but then it actually made more sense for it not to have to be outside the movie. It’s a great song.”

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