Tim McGraw Lends Songwriting Skills to Free Solo Documentary

Free Solo will hit theaters this fall.

Written by Lauren Laffer
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Tim McGraw; Photo courtesy Sony Music Nashville

National Geographic will give viewers the thrill of a lifetime when it premieres its high-adrenaline documentary Free Solo. Following free solo climber Alex Honnold, the film will paint a tense picture of a man who scales cliffs with no safety gear–no ropes, no harness, no helmet. Instead, he uses chalk and his bare hands, climbing cliffs that most people wouldn’t dare climb themselves.

The high-intensity film needs equally powerful music, so the crew called on Tim McGraw and Lori McKenna to contribute to the soundtrack. The singer shared a clip of himself in the studio working on the production of the original song, fittingly called “Gravity.” The director talks to McGraw about the part of the movie for which the song will fit in, saying it comes as Honnold makes his ascent up the cliff.

“Proud to let you know about a song I wrote with the amazing @LoriMckennaMA,” wrote the singer on Twitter with a behind-the-scenes clip. ‘Gravity’ is for the documentary ‘Free Solo’ about @AlexHonnold & his pursuit to free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Can’t wait to see this one in theaters this fall!”

The track will be a pillar to the movie, during which Honnold climbs up the 3,000-foot wall he’s been training for. The wall in question is El Capitan, a treacherous cliff in Yosemite National Park, and one he hopes to be the first to scale.

Free Solo premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last week. It was directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and is set for release this fall.