Sharing the news on Thursday (September 2), Allen says he and the “Rocket Man” icon have teamed up for track titled “Beauty In the Bones,” which the country star also had a hand in writing. According to a post on Instagram, Allen co-wrote the still-under-wraps tune with Taylor Bird and Phil Bentley, and says this moment is the stuff dreams are made of.
“I have been a @eltonjohn fan for as long as I can remember,” Allen wrote. “One of my ultimate dreams was to work with him.. IT HAPPENED!
John’s collab album will feature 16 tracks in total, with a guest list full of A-list stars. Along with Allen, The Lockdown Sessions will also feature Brandi Carlile, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, the late Glen Campbell, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj, Charlie Puth and more, with John explaining that his unexpected LP started as a bunch of one-off guest appearances. He was in Los Angeles when COVID-19 lockdowns began, so he and Puth wrote a song together. And things just kept snowballing.
“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,” he says in an official statement. “All the tracks I worked on were really interesting and diverse, stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory. And I realized there was something weirdly familiar about working like this. At the start of my career, in the late ’60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that. I’d come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast.”
Elton John’s The Lockdown Sessions will arrive on October 22, and tracks like “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix” are out now. Meanwhile, Jimmie Allen’s “Big In a Small Town” is also out, serving as the theme song to Netflix’s new series, Titletown High. Allen is also credited as Executive Music Producer on the show.
- “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix),” Elton John & Dua Lipa
- “Always Love You,” Elton John, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj
- “Learn To Fly,” Surfaces feat. Elton John
- “After All,” Elton John & Charlie Puth
- “Chosen Family,” Rina Sawayama & Elton John
- “The Pink Phantom,” Gorillaz feat. Elton John & 6LACK
- “It’s a Sin,” Elton John & Years & Years
- “Nothing Else Matters,” Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith
- “Orbit,” Elton John & SG Lewis
- ” Simple Things,” Elton John & Brandi Carlile
- “Beauty In The Bones,” Jimmie Allen & Elton John
- “One Of Me,” Lil Nas X feat. Elton John
- “E-Ticket,” Elton John & Eddie Vedder
- “Finish Line,” Elton John & Stevie Wonder
- “Stolen Car,” Elton John & Stevie Nicks
- “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell & Elton John