Elton talked with his producer Andrew Watt about collaborating with Stevie Wonder on “Finish Line”:
“Now this track I did with Stevie Wonder is a very unusual way of writing. Usually, I write to lyrics, but I wrote the melody first in the studio and then Stevie came along and played piano. I played electric piano and then he did harmonica on it. And then we tried to get another vocalist on it and he wouldn’t do it. And then you put the Kanye West gospel choir on it. And I think when Stevie heard that he decided to do the vocal, and I think for me it’s one of the greatest records I've ever made. Because it’s Stevie Wonder and you made Stevie sound like a 17-year-old again. It was a magical, magical … the way this thing came together was a series of accidents in a way. But I’m so proud of this record because I love him so much.”
Stevie Wonder said, “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! True artistry and music like love equals a forever commitment lasting many lifetimes."
“Finish Line” is Elton and Stevie's third song together following "I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues," on which Stevie played harmonica, and the Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager song "That's What Friends Are For" along with Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick.
The Lockdown Sessions also features Stevie Nicks, Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and several others.
It will be released on October 22nd.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]