It was a labor of love and a group effort
Written by Mariah Carey, Simone Porter, Justin Gray, Lindsey Ray, Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen
Produced by Mariah Carey & Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen)
3:48 Soundtrack Version
3:49 Alt Version For Disney Marketing Produced By Dapo Torimiro
ABOUT THE SONG
"'Almost Home' has a message that works beautifully with the film," Mariah Carey says of the song she co-wrote and co-produced for Oz The Great and Powerful. "It's a feel-good record, evoking the feeling of reaching your home and being with people that you love."
MariahCarey.com Mariah Carey Records "Almost Home" For Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful February 6, 2013
Carey co-wrote and co-produced the song for Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful. She tells Showbiz Tonight, "When Disney approached me to be involved with the process of writing and recording the main song from Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, I didn't hesitate to say yes! It was a labor of love and a group effort. From the movies to the theme parks -- I am a Disney fanatic, and this was so much fun to do.”
HLNTV “Mariah Carey on set of new music video” February 14, 2013
“It was never about, ‘This is my album,’ but I wasn’t fully connected to that song. I was in the middle of that other situation in my life, which we will erase and pretend it never happened.” (Referring to American Idol)
Billboard Magazine, May 3 2014 – Andrew Hampp
AF: What makes something a Mariah song to you?
MC: I don’t know how to define that. I’ve recently started being like, “Oh, I guess that’s very me to do that part right there.” It’ll be a la-la-la or a shoo-do-do or a da-da-da-da-da. I don’t do it to try and sound like a Mariah song, and I love to collaborate with people, but in the rare instances when I’ve done other people’s songs, I haven’t liked it. There was a Disney song I did five, six years ago called “Almost Home,” and I never really liked it. No offense to whoever wrote it, and I did it because Disney wanted me to do it, but it didn’t feel like me at all.
Pitchfork “Forever Mariah: An Interview With an Icon” by Alex Frank, November 28, 2018
2013 Released on Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful soundtrack.