Brooklyn Duo – True Colors (Cello & Piano)

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True Colors, made famous by Cyndi Lauper and again by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick for the Trolls movie, arranged and performed live on cello and piano (with an added cello line) by Brooklyn Duo. Listen on SPOTIFY: — EXPAND for more!

SHEET MUSIC is available here:

Listen on SPOTIFY:

Ok, so some of you may be noticing a pattern to
our recent song choices. The Sound of Silence,
True Colors…both of the originals are amazing
songs that we’ve loved forever, of course, but we
have to admit we got our inspiration to cover
them from…the Trolls soundtrack! Baby LOVES
that movie! So needless to say, we’ve seen it MANY
times and we became obsessed with Justin
Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s duet version of
True Colors. (Is there anything JT can’t do? No, the
answer is no.) Their version has a really beautiful
string part in the background that we originally
wanted to record with a guest violinist or cellist,
but we weren’t able to work it into our schedule.
So we did the next best thing and Patrick added
the line after we recorded the live version. (Rest
assured, the performance is still live, for anyone
bothered by it!) Hope you guys like it…sheet music
is available at MusicNotes as usual, and the
track is up on Spotify under “Singles”. Hope
everyone has a great weekend!

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Brooklyn Duo:
Marnie Laird, piano
Patrick Laird, cello




You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged,
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
The darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy
Can’t remember when
I last saw you laughing
This world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
Just, call me up
‘Cause I will always be there

And I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful

I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow
Ooh ooh ooh like a rainbow


Patrick performs exclusively on Pirastro strings (

Brooklyn Duo Bio:

Founded in 2014, Brooklyn Duo has quickly established itself as one of today’s most successful classical crossover ensembles. Through its creative arrangements and live video performances, the piano and cello duo has garnered a huge following, with over 500,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 150 million streams annually on platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio.

On a whim, the couple arranged and recorded two pop covers and released them on YouTube. Shakira noticed the duo’s cover of her song Empire and promoted it to her 130 million-plus fan base, saying: “We’re loving Brooklyn Duo’s piano/cello cover of Empire! Great work guys.” The boost that resulted from that exposure and the positive response they were getting on YouTube encouraged the couple to continue creating videos.

Since then, Marnie and Patrick have released over 70 videos on their Brooklyn Duo YouTube channel and 7 albums of covers, spanning artists from The Beatles to Metallica to Taylor Swift (who also tweeted about them, saying their cover of her song “Blank Space” sounded “like a song people should walk down the aisle to”). In 2016, the couple started a second YouTube channel, Brooklyn Classical, with the goal of introducing classical music to a larger audience. With this new channel, Marnie and Patrick aim to showcase high quality, live performances of classical music. Brooklyn Classical often hosts high-profile guest artists, including the world-renowned Dover and Escher string quartets and percussionist Ivan Trevino.

In 2017, Marnie and Patrick partnered with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble Connect, a collective of some of the best young musicians in the U.S., to produce a cover of a-ha’s “Take On Me”. The video went viral and garnered millions of views in just a few months. Popular classical music stations Classic FM and WQXR regularly share Brooklyn Duo’s music on their social media pages, with Classic FM calling the duo “masters of the artfully planned pop cover.” One of their covers was also recently featured in an episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.


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