Brad Paisley is tipping his hat to firefighters by writing and recording an original song for Disney’s upcoming animated film, Planes: Fire & Rescue.
The sequel to 2013’s Disney’s Planes will land in theaters on July 18. That film grossed more than $219 million worldwide.
According to press materials for the film, Planes: Fire & Rescue is an adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting fictional Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) learns his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.
Paisley was asked to contribute by John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios.
The singer’s father was an emergency medical technician and the assistant chief of the local volunteer force in Glen Dale, W.Va., where Paisley grew up. That background helped him write “All In,” which he performs as the movie’s final song.
“The movie is essentially a tribute to firefighters told through these planes,” Paisley told USA Today. “When John pitched the idea, he said it was a way of paying tribute to my dad. My brother-in-law is also a firefighter in Tennessee. These guys run toward the problem that everyone else is fleeing from.”
Paisley has recorded a second song for the movie and also voices the character of a heartbroken pickup named Bubba, according to USA Today. He previously recorded two songs — “Collision of Worlds” and “Nobody’s Fool” — for Disney/Pixar’s 2010 animated film, Cars 2.
Paisley will release his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, on Aug. 26. His newest single is “River Bank.”