“Charlie is an amazing musician; we just hit it off,” John said in a press release. “He’s become a friend and a friend of the family. Our children love him and he loves them. Everyone we’ve worked with on The Lockdown Sessions I’ve really gotten closer to them, it’s quite amazing. With ‘After All’ Charlie and I were in the studio, just the two of us. He’s got a little home set up with his keyboards, synths, and Pro Tools. I played electric piano and actually wrote the song all the way through and then Charlie wrote the lyrics pretty quickly. He’s incredibly quick, Charlie. We just had an amazing chemistry in the studio.”
Puth added: “As a songwriter, I have admired and looked up to Elton John my entire life. It is truly incredible how the melodies and chords seem to come to him instantly whenever he sits down at the piano. I got to witness that firsthand when we wrote this song together. He is world class and the true definition of a musical genius. Being a part of his musical journey is a dream come true. ’”
The Lockdown Sessions arrives October 22 via Interscope. In addition to Charlie Puth, it features collaborations with Young Thug and Nicki Minaj, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, and Brandi Carlile, as well as the previously released ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ with Dua Lipa, ‘Chosen Family’ with Rina Sawayama, ‘The Pink Phantom’ with Gorillaz, and ‘ONE OF ME’ with Lil Nas X.