This was the debut single for Lauren Harris, who is the daughter of Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris.
This was the first single release of 2009. In an astute marketing ploy it was made available digitally at one second into the New Year across the different time zones of the world, thereby ensuring more than usual publicity for the song. The Calm Before the Storm album was released six months previously in the summer of 2008.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.