Rina Sawayama Enlists Elton John for New Version of ‘Chosen Family’

    Rina Sawayama has enlisted Elton John for a new version of her song ‘Chosen Family’, originally taken from last year’s SAWAYAMA. The track arrives with an accompanying video that sees Sawayama and Elton John performing together at the piano. Check it out below.

    “It was such a joy and honour to rework “Chosen Family” with the legendary Elton John,” Sawayama said in a statement. “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!”

    Elton John added: “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 marked the London-based artist’s debut LP, following her 2017 EP Rina. Back in November, she returned with a new song called ‘LUCID’.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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