They’ve worked together twice previously, but Elton John and Stevie Wonder have finally recorded an actual duet: “Finish Line,” which you can hear now on all streaming services.
In 1985, Elton and Stevie teamed with Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight to record the HIV/AIDS charity single “That’s What Friends Are For,” and in 1983, Stevie played harmonica on Elton’s smash “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.” But for Elton’s upcoming album The Lockdown Sessions, they did a proper collaboration, with both men singing and playing piano, Stevie on harmonica and a gospel choir backing them up.
In a statement, Elton celebrates his “fifty years of friendship” with Stevie, and says recording the duet was “a magical process.” “When you listen to what he does vocally and instrumentally on ‘Finish Line’ you think, ‘This is a true genius here,"” he adds.
“It is both a joy and honor to sing, play piano and harmonica for Elton! He has truly been one of the great spirits of music, life, friendship, and love, who I’ve met on this life journey!” Stevie raves in a statement of his own. “True artistry and music like love equals a forever commitment lasting many lifetimes.”
“Elton, anyone who hears your voice singing ‘finish line’ will hear and feel your wisdom, your pain, your soul, your love, but also your resilience…I love it!!” the music legend adds. “Congratulations to you and our forever and never, never-ending music, friendship, life-song! Long live Sir Elton John!”
The Lockdown Sessions comes out October 22 and also features collaborations with Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, Charlie Puth, Stevie Nicks, Lil Nas X and more.
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