Rina Sawayama, Elton John Team Up On ‘Chosen Family’

It's a beautiful collaboration...

Rina Sawayama and Elton John have teamed up to re-record 'Chosen Family'.

The collaboration was confirmed earlier this week, and finds the two stepping into the studio together for the first time.

'Chosen Family' features on Rina's debut album, and it's an ode to LGBTQ+ communities, and the self-supporting networks that exist within them.

Elton John is a long-time fan and supporter of the BRIT nominated force, and he was delighted to be able to work directly with her.

Online now, 'Chosen Family' is a tender and touching collaboration, something that gave Rina "shivers" in the studio.

She comments: "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 adds: "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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