London based critically acclaimed recording artist Rina Sawayama releases a special rendition of Chosen Family featuring Elton John. Originally produced by Danny L Harle and written by Rina, Danny, and Jonny Latimer, the powerful ballad is an emotional ode to her LGBTQ+ family with the new version also featuring Elton John’s iconic vocals and piano playing.
The powerful ballad explores the concept of a chosen family through a queer lens - highlighting the many members of the LGBTQ+ community who have been ostracised by their family, friends or community after coming out find love and comfort in their new 'chosen' family.
Speaking on the track and Elton's involvement, Rina says: ‘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!’
Elton Says: ‘When I was sent Comme Des Garçons for my Rocket Hour show, I stopped in my tracks and thought “who is this?” It just blew me away from the first listen. We've since become friends, and it's such a huge honour and a genuine thrill to be asked to duet with Rina. She is just an extraordinary talent. 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.’
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Last year saw the release of Rina Sawayama's debut album “SAWAYAMA” and deluxe version which featured production from the likes of Clarence Clarity (Exec producer along with Rina) and co-write from Nicole Morier (Britney Spears) and Kyle Shearer (Carly Rae Jepsen).
Earlier this year it was announced that after a number of discussions with the BPI, which came as a result of a VICE article about the Mercury Prize eligibility last year and vocal support from Elton on the issue, Rina pioneered the changing of entry requirements for the BRIT Awards and The Mercury Prize rules meaning that artists who have lived in the UK for over 5 years are now eligible to be nominated.
Upcoming UK Tour Dates:
09/11/21 – Manchester @ Albert Hall*
11/11/21 - Leeds @ Beckett Students’ Union
13/11/21 - Glasgow @ SWG3 TV Studio*
15/11/21 - Birmingham @ Institute*
16/11/21 - London @ Electric Brixton - SOLD OUT
17/11/21 - London @ Roundhouse – SOLD OUT