The soundtrack will see a 24th February 2017 release on Hollywood Records and features cover songs culled from the 8-hour event. The series, which debuts 27th February 2017, chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTIQ men and women who helped pioneer the Equality Movement.
When We Rise was written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. On the music’s integral role in the mini-series, Black said: "Music has a unique, magical ability to transport us through time and space... the ability to remind us how we once felt and help us feel again."
On selecting artists to record the cover songs, Black added, "From the beginning, we knew we would need to utilize period music, but When We Rise has never been about nostalgia, it was designed as a flame -- a torch to be passed from one generation to the next. Honouring that idea, we chose songs from 1971 to today and sought out a diverse group of the most talented, inspired artists of tomorrow to bring their passion to these iconic works in hopes of calling their generation to the struggle for equality, while inspiring an older generation to return to the fight."