“Finish Line” is the latest track to be released from John’s new album The Lockdown Sessions, and features vocal contributions from Stevie Wonder and backing vocals from Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir.
Speaking about the collaboration, John said, “I couldn’t be more proud of “Finish Line” – I’d go as far as to say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made. Stevie’s voice is as good as I can ever remember hearing him – he sounds like a 17-year-old again, he’s singing with a sheer joy and exuberance in his vocals. Andrew Watt has done an unbelievable job on the production.
It was a magical process. I’ve always loved collaborating with Stevie, and I’m delighted that after fifty years of friendship we finally get to do a full blown duet. He has always been so kind and sweet to me, and his talent is beyond ridiculous. When you listen to what he does vocally and instrumentally on “Finish Line” you think, this is a true genius here.”
Wonder added, “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. And 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!! Congratulations to you and our forever and never, never-ending music, friendship, life-song! Long live Sir Elton John!!!”
Wonder previously conntributed harmonica to John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” in 1983, and they teamed up again in 1985 on Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For”.
The Lockdown Sessions features 16 collaborations that were recorded remotely over the past 18 months, including his appearance on Lil Nas X’s “One of Me”, Dua Lipa collaboration “Cold Heart”, his cover of “It’s A Sin” with Years & Years, Rina Sawayama’s updated version of “Chosen Family”, his appearance on Miley Cyrus’ cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”, Surfaces collaboration “Learn To Fly”, and his appearance on Gorillaz’s “The Pink Phantom” with 6LACK.
“Finish Line” featuring Stevie Wonder is out now. Elton John’s The Lockdown Sessions album will be released 22 October via EMI Records, and is available to pre-order now.