The track is set to appear on John's forthcoming album, The Lockdown Sessions.
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Legendary musician Elton John has teamed up with American singer, songwriter, and record producer Charlie Puth on After All. Taken from John's forthcoming album The Lockdown Sessions, the track brings together both artists distinct vocals, working together in harmony atop moving piano melodies and brazen synths.
Discussing the collaboration, John shares: ‘Charlie is an amazing musician; we just hit it off. He’s become a friend and a friend of the family. Our children love him and he loves them. Everyone we’ve worked with on The Lockdown Sessions I’ve really gotten closer to them, it’s quite amazing. With After All, Charlie and I were in the studio, just the two of us. He’s got a little home set up with his keyboards, synths, and Pro Tools. I played electric piano and actually wrote the song all the way through and then Charlie wrote the lyrics pretty quickly. He’s incredibly quick, Charlie. We just had an amazing chemistry in the studio.’
Puth adds: ‘As a songwriter, I have admired and looked up to Elton John my entire life. It is truly incredible how the melodies and chords seem to come to him instantly whenever he sits down at the piano. I got to witness that firsthand when we wrote this song together. He is world class and the true definition of a musical genius. Being a part of his musical journey is a dream come true. ’
Recorded over the past eighteen months during lockdown after John was forced to bring his farewell tour to a halt, The Lockdown Sessions sees the five time GRAMMY Award winner and two time Academy Award winner enlist the help of Dua Lipa, Surfaces, Rina Sawayama, Gorillaz, SG Lewis, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, Lil Nas X and Stevie Nicks just to name a few. The release will also feature the musicians collaboration with Miley Cyrus, WATT, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith, Nothing Else Matters, which is set to appear on the forthcoming Metallica tribute album, The Metallica Blacklist.
The album was proceeded by the PNAU remix of Cold Heart, which featured vocals from global superstar Dua Lipa. The ambitious release, brings together over twenty artists who cross generations, genres and culture, featuring 10 unreleased songs. Five tracks see the musician team up with GRAMMY Award winning producer Andrew Watt, continuing their collaboration from Nothing Else Matters.
The Lockdown Sessions is out October 22! Listen to After All below.