Renowned pianist/singer-songwriter Elton John recruited fellow musical legend Stevie Wonder for “Finish Line,” a new single out today. The track is one of 16 featured on Elton’s all-star The Lockdown Sessions album that will be released through Interscope Records on October 22.
Elton John recorded The Lockdown Sessions with an impressive array of collaborators remotely over the past 18 months. Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus and Stevie Nicks are among those who teamed with Elton for songs featured on the upcoming LP. Andrew Watt produced five The Lockdown Sessions tracks including “Finish Line.”
While the pair previously worked on John’s 1983 single “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” and joined forces with Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight on the 1985 hit “That’s What Friends Are For,” the new song marks Elton and Stevie’s first ever duet. Wonder not only added vocals but also played harmonica on the track. Additionally, “Finish Line” features Kanye West’s The Sunday Service Choir.
“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,” Elton John stated in a press release. “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.”
“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,” added Stevie Wonder. “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!!”
Stream Elton John’s “Finish Line” featuring Stevie Wonder below: