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Coast musicians land song on major movie soundtrack

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A movie inspired by the Mississippi Gulf Coast experience during Hurricane Katrina also tells our story of heartache and resilience through music. The soundtrack for "Category Five," starring Burt Reynolds, features the voice of local artist Marianne Allison singing the song "Till It Breaks My Heart." Allison wrote the ballad along with Escatawpa native Sean Gasaway.

Allison and Gasaway talked about their connection between this project and the place they proudly call home.

"Marianne brought this idea out ‘Till It Breaks My Heart.' Just sang a little melody of it and a few words, and the next thing I know about an hour later this beautiful song comes out," said Gasaway.

Allison and Gasaway wrote the song in collaboration with singers Anna LaPrad and Emily Randolph intending for the singers to record the song on their albums. Before that could happen, the producers of "Category Five" happened to be sitting in the audience during one of Allison's shows.

"They said we really enjoy your voice. We're looking for a local sound to go along with this movie that was filmed on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Allison.

"So he said 'Do you have any original songs?' We had just written this two or three weeks prior. I recorded a work tape at my house in my home studio and they loved it."

"Category Five" producers loved "Till it Breaks My Heart" so much, they asked Allison to sing it on the movie soundtrack. The opportunity reaffirmed to Allison that her decision after Hurricane Katrina to quit her nine to five day job to pursue a full time career as a singer songwriter was the right one.

"It's scary at the same time to throw your soul out there for the world on display," Allison said.

"At the same time there's a certain amount of joy involved in singing and writing and having people enjoy your original music. I just enjoy singing too. It's such a blessing to be able to sing and have people care enough to listen."

Escatawpa native turned Nashville songwriter and producer Sean Gasaway said "Till It Breaks My Heart" is a song anyone can relate to.

"It's a great story. It's a story of forgiveness and faith and redemption and it's all wrapped up in this one little song," Gasaway said.

"A lot of people are in this business for money, for fame but the payoff is very important to me. Having somebody say that song touched me, you can't buy that."

Allison and Gasaway said it does their hearts good to spotlight the Mississippi Gulf Coast they love.

"Just about every part of this movie from the story, the hurricane based on events from Katrina and now the music and the artists. Everything is like Gulf Coast Mississippi," Gasaway said.

"It's just incredible. I'm very proud our song is a part of it."

"Category Five" which was partly filmed in the WLOX studio is scheduled to be released worldwide in early April. Meanwhile, "Till It Breaks My Heart" is also the title track on Marianne Allison's new album which is available on iTunes.

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