“The Hanging Tree,” the haunting tune Lawrence sang in the film adaptation of the book The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, has reached the Top 40 chart in the U.K., according to the BBC. It’s currently at No. 29 and climbing.
Jennifer, who already has an Oscar, could well be on her way to a Grammy Award if the track takes off.
Lawrence showed she has sizzling dance moves in her award-winning film Silver Linings Playbook, so becoming a pop star would be a cakewalk for the versatile Jennifer.
Surprisingly, Lawrence was so anxious about singing in the movie that she broke down in tears, said director Francis Lawrence.
“I knew she didn’t love the idea of singing, but I didn’t realize how nervous she was until when we started the first take, and she was in tears,” said Lawrence. “Not totally broken down, but she was unhappy. She would have much rather we used somebody else’s voice.”
Interestingly, “The Hanging Tree” is not included on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
In the end, the track turned out great because of its authenticity. And Lawrence actually has a very pleasant singing voice (listen below).
“It shouldn’t sound like a professional,” the director says. “It should sound like a real girl singing. So she did it. And she has a really cool sound to her voice.”