Foy Vance calls on Ed Sheeran and Elton John

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Foy Vance celebrates 10 years of “ Guiding Light » with a new interpretation in which we find Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Keith Urban.

Ten years ago, Irish singer Foy Vance released his album Joy of Nothing in 2013, which ended with the title “ Guiding Light » with Ed Sheeran. To mark the decade since the song’s release, Vance and Sheeran reunited with two other singers you’ve probably heard of for a new anniversary version of the song: Elton John and Keith Urban.

The new rendition, produced by Johnny McDaid, was also accompanied by a music video featuring actress AnnaSophia Robb:

In their statements, Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Keith Urban all explained why they wanted to participate in the anniversary version of ” Guiding Light ”, John calling the 2013 title “ most beautiful song “. “ When Foy asked me to do it, it was a no-brainer for me, as I’m one of his biggest fans ” said John.

Urban added: “ It’s amazing to be on this song because it’s so beautiful. It’s more of an anthem: it captures all the beauty and struggle and everything it is to be a spiritual being having a human experience. I think this song reflects that. So I immediately agreed to participate. »

Sheeran, who participated in the original version, remembered on social media his collaboration on “ Guiding Light ” ten years ago, and declared that his participation in the anniversary interpretation would be ” the last thing I’ll release for a while, definitely my last collaboration for a very long time – it’s time to get to work on the next big album. What a fitting way to stop with one of my favorite artists of all time. I’ve been a fan of Foy Vance since my early teens, I used to go see him with my dad and wait until the end to talk to him. At the time, he used to end his concerts with this song Guiding Light, but he never published it. When I became successful I met him as an equal and we jammed in Dublin after a gig I asked him to come on tour with me which he did for a few years . We ended up writing together about Multiply, with songs like Tenerife Sea And Afire Love. It was like a dream come true to work with an artist I adored so much. I always asked him why he never went out Guiding Light, because it was my favorite song, and one day we sang it together at the Ryman in Nashville in 2013, it’s a video of the day we sang it together for the first time, that I found this morning . »

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Vance added of the song: “ When I wrote “Guiding Light”, I felt lost in my life due to the loss of my family, my friendships and my sanity. The music brightened the darkness. Melody reminded me to keep moving forward, no matter how long the road or situation. “Guiding Light” is the person or thing that brings you back to a safe space, somewhere where you can heal your wounds and recover. To see this song resonate with so many people over the years is truly a wonderful thing. »


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