Saturday, March 7, 2015

Elton & Miley Cyrus to Feature on New Chic Track

Chic's Nile Rodgers has revealed Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Chaka Khan and Janelle Monae will all feature on a track on his forthcoming album.

"There's one song I've written which I'm particularly proud of," Rodgers told the BBC, "which is a four-part harmony song called Queen... Those are the four voices that will stand out."

He said the track sounds "like Crosby Stills and Nash meets Chic".

About Time, due out in June, is the band's first new album in 23 years.

Rodgers has used "lost" tapes of Chic's original line-up as a starting point, including contributions from now-deceased members Bernard Edwards and Luther Vandross.

He has then added new contributions - including the vocals from Cyrus, John, Khan and Monae.

He said he wanted to work with Cyrus after seeing her live for the first time last year, a show he puts in his top two favourite gigs of all time, along with R Kelly.

"I was sitting there with my girlfriend. Our jaws were like… we couldn't believe it. She was killing it."

But that does not mean Cyrus will be "killing it" on the Chic record.

"Remember it's Crosby Stills and Nash meets Chic - it's all pretty and melodic and beautiful. She doesn't have to belt, she can, but it's not that kind of song. It's a lullaby.

"Like Crosby Stills and Nash and Simon and Garfunkel. It's not country like that but it's beautiful harmonies.

"In a typical Chic record we have a technique that we call 'the gang'. Our records are sung by multiple people, we do 'the gang' vocals. By having those extra textures in the gang, I think it will sound absolutely stunning."

Rodgers called the track - about a girl called Queen and the men in her life who have betrayed her - "a woman empowerment song".

"I sang it for Elton and played it for him the other day after we just finished dong a gig together," said the musician. "He says Queen? Did you write this about me?!"

The pair performed together at John's Oscars viewing party last month.

"I've played with Elton 20 times but I've never played with him in Chic - it was like 'you should be in my band forever!' He was perfect.

"And he was just so excited he called me the next day and said 'Nile, you guys are like maybe the best band I've ever played with.' I said, 'coming from you that's ridiculous!'."

Rodgers said it was unlikely logistics would allow him to get the all-star quartet in the studio together, though.

"I've just got to get it done. Unfortunately Elton is doing a residency in Vegas soon, but Miley lives in LA and so does Chaka, so that could all happen at once.

"But it's not necessary, because it's all written already, it's all composed. I can envision it already, I can hear it in my head - it's beautiful and it's a great song."


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