Elton John Teams Up With Charlie Puth for New Song “After All”
- British singer-songwriter Elton John announced his new collaboration album “The Lockdown Sessions” would be released on October 22, 2021.
He made the album during the first COVID-19 lockdown, featuring Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, and Stevie Nicks.
Elton John said of the album, “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 and I've ended with a selection of 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 realised 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.”
From the album, he unveiled a new song “After All” on September 17, 2021.
He teamed up with American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth on the track.
Elton John said, 'Charlie is an amazing musician; we just hit it off. He's become a friend and a friend of the family. Our children love him and he loves them. Everyone we've worked with on The Lockdown Sessions I've really gotten closer to them, it's quite amazing. With “After All" Charlie and I were in the studio, just the two of us. He's got a little home set up with his keyboards, synths, and Pro Tools. I played electric piano and actually wrote the song all the way through and then Charlie wrote the lyrics pretty quickly. He's incredibly quick, Charlie. We just had an amazing chemistry in the studio.”
Charlie Puth said, “As a songwriter, I have admired and looked up to Elton John my entire life. It is truly incredible how the melodies and chords seem to come to him instantly whenever he sits down at the piano. I got to witness that first hand when we wrote this song together. He is world class and the true definition of a musical genius. Being a part of his musical journey is a dream come true.”
Elton John told Apple Music, “I was in L.A. in March 2020. I'd just got back from Australia where we'd done our last show on the farewell tour. We haven't done one since. I was in a restaurant in Los Angeles and someone said, 'Charlie Puth's here.' And he came up and we sat down and I'd never met him. I've been a big fan. And I interviewed him on my radio show, eventually… then we just talked music and he said, I live at so-and-so address. And it's four doors away from where I live. So basically he said, 'Well, I have a studio. If you feel like writing anything, come up.' So I had nothing else to do. So I went up to Charlie's house one afternoon and we wrote this song, in very quick time.”
He continued, “I don't know where it came from because I always write to lyric. So this song is one of the first songs in my whole life, where I've just written a melody first. There's two tracks on the album. This one and the Stevie Wonder track were written melody first, all the way through straightaway like this one. God knows how it happened. I don't question how it happened, but lucky enough, I was with him and he just finished it off. It was just so much fun. It was done very quickly. And then, as a result of this, the next day I went next door to my publishers, media publisher's house and did services. And then I had two tracks. And then that started the whole kind of idea of being a session musician again, and that kicked the lockdown thing off. If anyone doesn't like this record, blame it on Charlie and here's his address.”
Charlie Puth shared on social media, One day Elton John came over to my house. We didn't think we were going to write a song that day. He sat down at my Rhodes keyboard and said “how about this“? When you listen to “After All”, the first thing you'll hear is that very Rhodes playing the melody of the song. It was the first thing he played, like it just fell out of the sky. My mouth dropped. The whole skeleton of the song was then written in about 15 minutes. Elton's musical genius and presence brought so much inspiration and joy to me that day, especially in a time when it seemed like the world was never coming back. This is the song that started it all! I'm so honored to be a part of your album Elton, as you are a huge reason why I pursued music in the first place. And thank you to my right hand @jkash for lyrically bringing all of this together. I can't wait for you to hear it. CP”
- source : Apple Music