The 74-year-old “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” music icon and the 30-year-old “XS” rising superstar joined forces for a special rendition of Rina‘s song “Chosen Family” on Wednesday (April 14).
“We don’t need to be related to relate / We don’t need to share genes or a surname / You are, you are / My chosen, chosen family,” they sing together.
The track was produced by Danny L Harle and written by Rina, Danny and Jonny Latimer, and is described as emotional ode to her LGBTQ+ family. The new version now includes Elton‘s vocals and piano playing.
“It was such a joy and honor to rework ‘Chosen Family’ with the legendary Elton John. The song means so much to both of us, and recording it together was such a special experience I will never forget. I got shivers when I heard his voice through the monitor and became emotional when he added the piano parts. Elton has been such a huge supporter from before the album, and when we finally met to record this song we clicked from the get go. I hope people can hear the magic!” Rina said.
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“When I was sent ‘Comme Des Garçons’ for my Rocket Hour show, I stopped in my tracks and thought “who is this?” It just blew me away from the first listen. We’ve since become friends, and it’s such a huge honor and a genuine thrill to be asked to duet with Rina. She is just an extraordinary talent. Rina doesn’t just represent the cross-cultural mix of inspiration from which the best music always thrives, but a generation who have grown up with the internet and the entire history of music at their fingertips and mix together whatever they please with real love and understanding, unconstrained by old ideas of genre or boundary. To my mind, she’s the brightest embodiment of this: a brilliant, confidence-oozing, endlessly fascinating songwriter and performer,” said Elton.
Elton John recently opened up about what he called a “lifesaver” amid the pandemic.
Listen to “Chosen Family” and read the lyrics…