New Disney Film “Pete’s Dragon”, to Feature Original Song Written by Andrew Tinker

Andrew Tinker song recorded by The Lumineers to be used in upcoming film, “Pete’s Dragon”


Disney Film “Pete’s Dragon” to feature song written by Denton's Andrew Tinker

Andrew Tinker (2016) // Photo by Yana Khaykinson

Andrew Tinker (Denton, TX) // Courtesy Yana Khaykinson 2016

Hand Drawn Records artist and singer-songwriter, Andrew Tinker, has announced that one of his original compositions will be included in the upcoming Disney full-length feature film, “Pete’s Dragon”.  The song is co-written with Toby Halbrooks, a long-time friend of Tinker since their days as members of the Polyphonic Spree, and co-writer of the screenplay with the film’s director, David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013).

The song, “Nobody Knows (How to Say Goodbye),” has been recorded and performed by popular Denver trio, The Lumineers, with a single release date expected in the coming weeks.

In an interview with Tinker, he explained the process of songwriting specifically for a Disney film. “It is a very complex process. Like a series of steps within a larger series of steps. It was unclear how seriously the song was being considered until I was told that it was being recorded by the Lumineers. That was a real “WOW” moment”.

At Big Acre Sound Studios, near his hometown of Denton, Texas, Tinker is working in tandem with other songwriters to produce material for more, yet to be announced, studio projects. “I have been doing some writing with some friends in Dallas and in L.A. I am very excited about the people I am working with. It’s just the nature of being a songwriter”.

Pete's Dragon (2016) by Disney Pete's Dragon (2016) by Disney // Dallas Bryce Howard, Robert Redford

“Pete’s Dragon” is set for a US release date of August 12, 2016.


An upcoming American-New Zealand fantasy adventure film directed by Dallas-based, David Lowery from a screenplay written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Pete's Dragon is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name.


The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford. Filming began on January 26, 2015 in New Zealand. The film is scheduled to be released in the Disney Digital 3-D and RealD 3D formats on August 12, 2016. -WIKIPEDIA

WATCH THIS: PETE’S DRAGON (Official Movie Trailer)


Andrew Tinker is an indie pop artist whose artistry lies in the ever changing texture of his music.

In 2009, Tinker released his first solo record, It Takes the World. A native Texan, the artist has performed with various ensembles, and was a founding member of the Polyphonic Spree, recording french horn on the band’s first two albums and earning a UK silver record for, The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree.

In 2013 Tinker's music was featured on David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, and his sophomore album, Upon the Ecliptic, is available now on Hand Drawn Records.

WATCH THIS: Andrew Tinker performing “Life Line” Live at the Kessler Theater