Last week, FOX’s medical drama The Resident featured the most popular song on Tunefind. An emotional cover song aptly accompanied a heartbreaking moment for all of Chastain Memorial Hospital.
Spoiler! Near the end, Nic is wheeled down the hall with Conrad by her side. An ethereal voice is heard singing ‘Iris’. All the doctors look on and pay their respects as flashbacks show moments of Nic’s relationships with her patients, staff, and friends. The music quiets as Conrad kisses her hand and removes her wedding rings. The final chorus of the song comes in as Nic is taken away.
“Nic’s death was one of the most heartbreaking moments of the show thus far,” shares music supervisor Whitney A. Pilzer, who co-supervises the medical series with Jen Malone. “We knew this would be a massive blow for the fans, as it was for us!”
“We found Valerie Broussard’s timeless cover of ‘Iris’ to be gut-wrenchingly beautiful and appropriate to honor Nic’s life as she is wheeled off to donate her organs, saving the lives of others,” Pilzer stated. The synergy between the show’s music and real life were noted by Pilzer, “After the placement landed, we learned that Emily VanCamp’s (who plays Nic) new daughter is named Iris – how kismet!”
Valerie Broussard’s version of ‘Iris’ was released through House of Artemis this year. ‘Iris’ is a song by alt-rock band Goo Goo Dolls that was originally written for the City of Angels (1998) soundtrack and later appeared on the band’s sixth album called Dizzy Up the Girl.
‘Iris’ is considered Goo Goo Dolls’ signature song and remains one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music. This track was the most played song in 1998 and reached number one in Australia, Canada, and Italy as well as number three in the United Kingdom. ‘Iris’ charted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is one of Ireland’s best-selling singles of all time.
This international hit has been covered numerous times, notably as a duet by Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers, as well as Grace Davies who released her version of the song earlier this year. And now, Valerie Broussard’s otherworldly rendition of the 1998 power ballad.
Valerie Broussard was born and raised in Philadelphia where she began writing songs before moving to London at age 18 to develop her musical style. The young musician returned to the US and signed with Round Hill Music Publishing. Broussard began making a name for herself in sync in the mid to late 2010s. Many of her songs including, ‘A Little Wicked’ and ‘Start a War’ (a duet with Klergy) were featured in television shows like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale. In 2018, the Philly-native released a more uplifting track called ‘Hold On To Me’ which has been featured in numerous TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and The L Word: Generation Q to name a few.
In addition to numerous placements in TV, film, video games, and commercials, Valerie Broussard also worked as a songwriter contributing to tracks for artists such as Sam Feldt and Kashka. She also collaborated with dynamic producer/DJ, Kygo. Broussard wrote and sang the 2019 single ‘Think About You’ with Kygo as well as the song ‘The Truth’ from Kygo’s 2020 album Golden Hour.
The placement brought up some feelings for Valerie Broussard who told Tunefind, “I’ve loved The Resident since season 1 so I was honored to have my cover of ‘Iris’ be a part of the heartbreaking goodbye for such a great character. I absolutely cried when I saw the scene for the first time.” The artist also shared the placement on her Twitter with a video clip from The Resident account,
I’ve loved this show since season 1, being a part of this moment with my cover of ‘Iris’ is such an honor. 💔 https://t.co/Mdkf3WhIrz
— Valerie Broussard (@vrbroussard) October 6, 2021
〉Listen now: Iris by Valerie Broussard
〉More music by Goo Goo Dolls
〉Full list of songs featured in the The Resident soundtrack