The Hollywood actress and singer paid homage to ’70s classics with Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, Tim McGraw, Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, Leslie Odom Jr, Josh Groban, Vince Gill and Jimmie Allen.
Today (8/25/22) the ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ star shared ‘Let It Be Me’ with Jackson Browne, a song the late king of rock and roll, Elvis, covered in the 70s.
The latest single from the upcoming collection – due out September 27 – follows the release of Rita and Josh Groban’s version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird.”
In a statement, the 65-year-old star said, “I wanted to honor where I come from with songs from the 70s.
“It was really about showing a huge appreciation for songwriting from that period – how those songs are still relevant even though they’re fifty years old.
“This album is really a continuation of sharing who I am musically and what I mean.”
The ‘It’s Complicated’ star approached producer Matt Rollings amid the COVID-19 lockdown to work on the project, something she’s wanted to do for some time.
She added: “And that’s exactly what happened.
“Everything went incredibly smoothly.”
Country legend Willie Nelson joins Rita on a track from Paul Simon’s “Slip Slidin’ Away”, Smokey Robinson appears on a cover of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “Where is the Love”, while Elvis Costello hopped on a duet of “Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. ‘.
Rita’s last studio album was 2019’s ‘Halfway to Home’.
List of tracks from “Rita Wilson Now and Forever: Duets”:
‘Crazy Love’ with Keith Urban
‘Where is the love?’ with Smokey Robinson
‘Slip Slipin’ Away’ with Willie Nelson
“Let It Be Me” with Jackson Browne
“Massachusetts” with Leslie Odom Jr.
“Fire” with Elvis Costello
“If” with Tim McGraw
“I’ll Be There” with Jimmie Allen
“Without You” with Vince Gill
‘Songbird’ with Josh Groban