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Rina Sawayama Posts Duet Version Of Chosen Family Featuring Elton John

Thursday, 15 April 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Rina Sawayama has shared a duet version of Chosen Family featuring Elton John.

The original track features on the vocalist's 2020 debut album, 'Sawayama', with the rework including vocals and piano from John.

The powerful ballad was originally produced by Danny L Harle and penned by him with Sawayama and Jonny Latimer, while the new rendition arrives with a performance clip of the pair together. Sawayama said:

"It was such a joy and honour 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!"

John added: "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 honour 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."

Sawayama has rescheduled her Dynasty Tour of the UK and Ireland to the autumn, the same time Elton John embarks on the rearranged UK and European leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Prior to that, she's set to tour North America from late September to throughout October.

Rina Sawayama Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon November 08 2021 - DUBLIN Academy
Tue November 09 2021 - MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Thu November 11 2021 - LEEDS Leeds Beckett Students Union
Sat November 13 2021 - GLASGOW SWG3 TV Studio
Mon November 15 2021 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Tue November 16 2021 - LONDON Electric Brixton
Wed November 17 2021 - LONDON Roundhouse

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