Strong female voices and talented Oklahoma musicians sit tall in the saddle on the soundtrack for the coming-of-age rodeo drama “Cowgirls N' Angels.”
The family film, now playing in state and regional theaters, was shot last year in Stillwater, Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Pawnee. Several Oklahoma musicians are featured on the soundtrack, now available through iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers.
Despite the movie's rodeo setting, the soundtrack features more than just country artists, although the story's inspirational themes herd the song selection primarily to uplifting anthems. Singer/songwriter/pianist Maggie McClure, who hails from Norman but now lives in Los Angeles, opens the soundtrack on a high note with her buoyant ditty “Good Morning and Good Night.”
Kim DiVine, a Massachusetts-born singer-songwriter, adds another bright pop track with “Little Things,” while Chicago alt-rockers The Powwows push the pace with “Everything's Alright.”
The two tracks from Alan Williams' score clearly are inspired by old hymns and match well with the rousing anthems.
On the country side, Okemah singer-songwriter Susan Herndon does the red dirt music scene proud with her tuneful toe-tappers “Lay Me Down” and “Oklahoma Girl.” Caitlin Rose, a Nashville, Tenn.-based songstress, boasts an angelic voice that makes “Learning to Ride” a highlight.
Along with playing a honky-tonk belter in the film, Weleetka native Amber Hayes contributes three songs to the soundtrack. The up-and-coming country singer-songwriter imparts down-home life lessons with the charming “Right as Rain” and gets boots scooting with the flirty “C'mon.” She co-wrote the father-daughter ballad “Always There for Me” just for the movie, and her warm, youthful vocals contrast prettily with former Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald's rich, paternal crooning.
Not every Oklahoma musician seen and heard in “Cowgirls N' Angels” is featured on the soundtrack: Edmond country singer Devin Derrick appears in and provided three songs to the movie, Payne County band the Red Dirt Rangers back up Hayes in the honky-tonk scene, and Tulsa fiddler Keaton Cunningham, 8, gives a cameo performance.
— Brandy McDonnell