Up-and-coming pop star Rina Sawayama has released a new version of her song "Chosen Family" with Sir Elton John. The new track also comes with a music video, which shows Sawayama and Elton performing together at the piano.
“Chosen Family” was originally released on the London-based artist’s 2020 album SAWAYAMA. On the new version, Sawayama said in a statement:
"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!"
In his own statement, Elton John called Sawayama “an extraordinary talent,” and said, “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.”
This new collaboration comes after Elton John announced on his radio show he wasn't doing any new stuff of his own this year, just "great stuff with other people." Besides Rina Sawayama, Elton recently teased a collaboration with Metallica, possibly for a Miley Cyrus Metallica-related project.
Watch the new music video for "Chosen Family" below.
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Article Image: Rina Sawayama performing at Brighton & Hove Pride Festival in the U.K., Elton John performing at an Anti-AIDS concert in 2012. (Caron Watson via Shutterstock, anyamuse via DepositPhotos.)