Genre-bending mastermind Brandi Carlile has long spoke about her admiration for the legendary Elton John.
Crediting him as one of her major musical influences, the pair have fostered quite the loving relationship over the last several years, but it looks like they're taking it a step further in 2024 with what seems to be the release of a yet-to-be-announced collaboration album.
One of John's longtime friends, The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend, spilled the beans late last year during a roundtable conversation with Clash Music, noting: “Elton is so fraught with loss at not knowing what to do next [after finishing his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour]. He’s just gone over to LA to make an album with Brandi Carlile. They made an album together in two weeks. He says it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done.”
On top of that, John also teased a new album during the 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last November.
While giving a speech for his lifelong songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, who was among the Class of 2023 honorees, John stated that the pair of creative icons had recently completed a project that is "going to surprise the shit out of you”.
He went on to add, “It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s full of youth and it’s full of vitality.”
Though Carlile's official capacity has not been confirmed, there's a decent chance that she served as a producer on the much-anticipated project.
Over the last few years, 'The Joke' tunesmith has found herself behind the soundboard more and more, and has even notched three Grammys for co-producing and co-writing Tanya Tucker’s While I’m Livin’. Carlile has also recently been credited as a producer for Brandy Clark, Joni Mitchell, the Secret Sisters, Lucius and Tish Melton, among others.
We'll be keeping our fingers crossed as we await more news regarding the hopeful album, including title and release date.
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