Hear Chris Stapleton’s Rendition of Elton John’s ‘I Want Love’ [LISTEN]
Following Thursday's (March 15) announcement of an upcoming pair of tribute albums, Revamp and Restoration, to celebrate the musical legacy of Elton John, fans can now check out the first tastes of each album. On the Revamp side, featuring a span of artists across the pop and rock genres, John has released Q Tip and Demi Lovato's take on the classic duet "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." As for the country-centric Restoration, Chris Stapleton has contributed a heartfelt and faithful cover of "I Want Love." Readers can press play above to listen to the new track now.
"At any stage you can pick out a moment and a place in time ... and there's an Elton John song playing in the background," Stapleton comments in a press release (quote via Rolling Stone). "He's always going to be present in any musician's mind, and mine as well, because his music reaches that far."
Restoration features a hand-picked selection of some of country's legendary performers and most talented new artists, curated by John's longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. In addition to Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson are just a few of the country legends to star in the project.
Originally released in 2001 on John's Songs From the West Coast album, "I Want Love" is is an understated ballad featuring the prominent piano lines and sweeping pop melodies that John has often made his signature. The song netted John a Grammy Awards nomination, as well as a guest appearance from actor Robert Downey Jr. in its music video.
The set of tribute albums will be released ahead of John's 300-date, three-year-long Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which will cap off his 50-year career of performing. The tour will kick off this September.
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