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‘Encanto’ Actress Jessica Darrow Releases a Jazz Cover of “Surface Pressure”

If you’re a fan of Disney movies, animated movies, or Disney animated movies, then you’ve probably already seen the newest additions to Disney+. Walt Disney Animation Studios is Encanto, the magical realism tale that tells the story of the magical Colombian Madrigal family. Mirabel is the youngest girl in the family, and she feels like the black sheep because the rest of her family were given unique powers by a blessed candle. Without any magical powers, Mirabel feels left out — but when the Madrigal family’s magic is in danger, it’s Mirabel who steps up and saves the day!

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Stephanie Beatriz with her character Mirabel Madrigal. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Although the plot of this movie is heartfelt and its characters are entertaining, the music and colorful animation in Encanto is what really makes it stand out among Disney movies. Many people have mentioned putting the soundtrack on repeat, because its lively songs are so catchy, and one of the four most popular songs from the soundtrack is “Surface Pressure”, the song sung by Luisa to Mirabel. Luisa is voiced by actress Jessica Darrow, and the actress posted a Youtube video of her own jazz cover of the song on Christmas Day!

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The jass cover features Mike Elizondo providing the accompaniment. Surprisingly, this video has not gone viral yet — even though many Encanto songs are trending, and the music videos for the songs are getting millions of views — but perhaps now is the time!

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The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by María Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gaitán), Agustín (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). Credit: movies.disney.com

As is typical with acapella recordings or minimalistic performances, Jessica Darrow’s casual performance of “Surface Pressure” feels raw and genuine — but the actress’s husky voice and passion also come through in the performance, making it feel all the more emotional! Many Disney fans have mentioned that the song “Surface Pressure” resonates with them on an emotional level, since the song is about dealing with pressures and the expectations of others, so this jazz cover of the song will most likely feel even more touching for many listeners or audience members.

Which was your favorite song from the movie Encanto? Was it “Waiting on a Miracle” sung by Stephanie Beatriz, “The Family Madrigal” sung by the cast, or the runaway hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (which has consistently topped the Billboard and Spotify charts)? And did you notice the hidden Easter egg in “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”?

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.