After freestyling an acoustic version during an off-the-cuff moment on Brooks’ Inside Studio G facebook show in March, it appears the husband and wife hit makers have worked up a more refined studio recording. Brooks was chatting with People’s Nancy O’Dell for a recent episode, touching on a range of topics including his attempt to step down from the Entertainer of the Year category at this year’s CMA Awards, when he and Yearwood offered their host a real treat… To watch them record “Shallow” right then and there.
Looking at each other as they stood at microphones and sang, the pair are both lost in the moment — and Yearwood’s voice bounds gracefully and emotionally from one note to the next. The studio version may end up on Brooks’ long-awaited Fun album, and in the same segment he explained how Cooper came to watch one of Brooks’ concerts, apparently prepping for his rock-star role in A Star Is Born (which includes “Shallow”). Who knew that Brooks may have had some influence on Cooper’s performance?
“He kept talking about ear monitors, which was weird,” Brooks said with a chuckle. “I don’t know if it was already written in the movie, but he noticed I didn’t wear them, and I told him that the reason I didn’t wear them was I can’t hear [the audience].”
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Congratulations @nancyodell on your new gig with the @people TV show, they are lucky to have you. It’s NEVER an interview with you, ALWAYS a conversation with a friend. Thanks for having me on tonight and tomorrow night for your first two nights of the show! love, g #Repost @nancyodell ・・・ For my first @people (The TV Show!) interview, someone dear to me… #Garth ! Travelled all the way to Nashville and stopped at 6 feet apart ! Right here I’m in his studio while he & #trishayearwood officially record #Shallow It’s #phenomenal !! Tune in Monday and u can also watch on People.com ! #soexcited #garthbrooks #trisha #beautiful #music #people #peoplemag #countrygal
Even if Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s studio version of “Shallow” is included on the Fun album, there’s no telling when fans will get to hear it. After working on the project for more than two years, Brooks has yet to set a release date — instead telling fans the album is done and ready to go, but will be held back due to the coronavirus pandemic.