Three prominent British musical talents have come together to create the theme song for the highly anticipated adaptation of Judith Kerr's beloved children's book, "Mog's Christmas," to be aired on Channel 4 and Universal Pictures Content Group. This heartwarming collaboration involves multi-award-winning composer David Arnold and Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black, who joined forces to create "As Long as I Belong." The talented singer-songwriter, author, mom of five, and podcaster Sophie Ellis-Bextor lends her enchanting voice to the song, adding her own unique flair to the beautiful ballad.
"As Long as I Belong" emphasizes the significance of belonging and will accompany a specially animated segment of the hand-drawn animated special. The scene depicts Mog's dream as she drifts off to sleep on a snowy rooftop on Christmas Eve.
The musical genius behind "As Long as I Belong" and the original score for Mog's Christmas is David Arnold, celebrated for his work on five James Bond films and a plethora of film and television productions, including "Sherlock." Don Black, a BBC R2 DJ and Oscar-winning lyricist, has masterfully penned the song's touching lyrics. He is renowned for his contributions to five James Bond film soundtracks and several timeless hits, including the Academy Award-winning "Born Free" in 1966.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor brings her unmatched style and exuberance to the performance of "As Long as I Belong." The accomplished singer, known for hits like "Groovejet" and "Murder on the Dancefloor," boasts seven studio albums, including the latest release, "Hana." Her incredible talent has earned her numerous accolades, including a Hungarian Music Award, two Ericsson Muzik Awards, an AIM Independent Music Award, and three Brit Award nominations.
Speaking at Air Studios in London where the song was recorded, Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: "When I told my kids I'd been asked to sing Mog's song, they couldn't really believe it because Mog has been part of our world since my eldest was small, and he's 20 next year! It feels really special."
David Arnold, composer, said: "I'd have been really annoyed if they'd have asked someone else – it takes you back to the days when you were reading the book to your kids, so it's a lovely thing to be asked to do."
Lyricist Don Black said: "We both had such a great time doing The Tiger Who Came To Tea that it was an easy decision to come back for Mog – it's a dream project for a lyricist."
Mog's Christmas has been commissioned by Channel 4 in association with Universal Pictures Content Group and is produced by Lupus Films, for HarperCollins Children's Books and Universal Pictures Content Group. It will transmit on Channel 4 at Christmas 2023