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Rina Sawayama announces new version of "Chosen Family" featuring Elton John

12 April 2021, 10:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Rina Sawayama has announced that a new version of "Chosen Family" is landing on Wednesday (14 April) that features Elton John.

"Chosen Family" was originally released as the fourth single from her 2020 debut album SAWAYAMA, and after announcing last Friday (9 April) that she has a "v cute wholesome out of this world incredible something in store for SAWAYAMA 1 year anniversary next week", Sawayama has announced a new version of "Chosen Family" featuring Elton John.

The new rendition of her SAWAYAMA track will arrive on Wednesday (14 April), and marks the first collaboration between the two, with Elton John providing vocals as well as piano.

Sawayama says of the new version, "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!"

In June last year John told Sawayama that her debut album was "the strongest album of the year so far", and added, "It’s a phenomenal record."

Rina Sawayama's new version of "Chosen Family" featuring Elton John will be unveiled on Wednesday (14 April) at 5pm BST.
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