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Rhythm Check: Elton John & Charlie Puth ‘After All’

Elton John and Charlie Puth have has recently released ‘After All’, the latest track set to be appearing on the forthcoming album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’. ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ was recorded remotely over the last 18 months and has 16 tracks that celebrate togetherness while sees Elton collaborating with an unparalleled range of artists only he could draw together. It will be released on 22nd October via EMI.

‘After All’ showcases a very different side to this multifaceted album. Built around a gently swaying electric piano and swelling strings, Elton and Charlie’s vocals combine with a subtlety and power that create a classic soulful ballad that stands as a worthy addition to Elton’s canon of great songs.

Elton and Charlie met by a chance encounter in an LA restaurant at the very start of March 2020. Having previously supported Puth’s records on the Apple Music Rocket Hour show, the two struck up a conversation and discovered they lived near each other. As the pandemic began to take hold, Charlie invited Elton over and the results of the session are the achingly gorgeous ‘After All’, the first work either of them completed during lockdown.

Discussing the collaboration Elton says: ‘Charlie is an amazing musician; we just hit it off. 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.’

Charlie Puth says: ‘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. ’Elton and Charlie will also both be appearing on stage at the Global Citizen event in Paris on Thursday, 25th September. This global charitable 24-hour event sees some of the world’s biggest artists and global leaders come together to defend the planet and defeat poverty. This is a part of Global Citizens campaign, a Recovery Plan for the World, which focuses on COVID-19, ending the hunger crisis, resuming learning for all, protecting the planet; and advancing equity for all.

You can listen Elton John & Charlie Puth ‘After All’ to by clicking here.

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