As part of Elton John’s new collaborations album, The Lockdown Sessions, Stevie Wonder has joined forces with the singer for John’s latest single, “Finish Line.” Wonder sings plays piano, and harmonica on the historic new single.
The powerhouse duo used their iconic voices to deliver a soulful and touching power ballad. Elton shared, “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. Andrew Watt has done an unbelievable job on the production. It was a magical process.”
Additionally, Elton said of the new track, “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.”
“I’ve always loved collaborating with Stevie, and I’m delighted that after 50 years of friendship we finally get to do a full blown duet,” explained the “Rocket Man” legend.
Wonder also added his thoughts about working with John, sharing, “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.”
He continued, “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!! Congratulations to you and our forever and never, never-ending music, friendship, life-song! Long live Sir Elton John!!!”
The release of John’s The Lockdown Sessions will make this his 32nd studio album, which debuts on October 22.
The record, which is brimming with mind-blowing collaborations from artists such as Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Charlie Puth, and more, was born out Elton having to postpone his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, John noted, “The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album. But, as the pandemic went on, one‐off projects kept cropping up.”
At the beginning of September, the musician announced that he would have to once again reschedule the remaining dates of his 2021 “Farwell Yellow Brick Road” tour due to a hip injury. The new dates will be moved to 2023.
Listen to "Finish Line" below.