Award-winning Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance has released his very special new single “Guiding Light (Anniversary Edition)”, which features vocals from three of the biggest names in music: Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and Keith Urban. The song is available to stream and download beginning today HERE via Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra. Watch the track’s official music video below.
Comments Elton John: “It’s the most beautiful song. When Foy asked me to do it, it was a no brainer for me because I’m such a huge fan of his.”
Comments Ed Sheeran: “I was a Foy Vance fan from the age of about 15 and went to a load of his gigs back then where he used to end with Guiding Light. It was a song that I was obsessed with—I learned it in my bedroom, and I used to play it at pub shows, trying to be Foy. When we got to know each other, I asked him why he had never recorded it because I’d only ever found videos of it on YouTube and I really encouraged him to record it. When he was recording it he asked ‘well why don’t you sing it with me? If you’ve been singing for all these years you should sing it with me,’ so we sang it on Joy of Nothing in 2013. Then when said he was re-recording it and wants to do it with Keith Urban and Elton John I was like, that sounds great!”
Comments Keith Urban: “I get a call from Foy that they’re going to do a new version of ‘Guiding Light’, one of my all-time favorite songs, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Foy writing the song, and so for me that was a no brainer. To be on the song period is incredible because it’s such a beautiful song. It’s more of a hymn—it captures all of the beauty and the struggle and everything that it is to be a spiritual being having a human experience. I think this song captures it. So it was an immediate yes from me to be a part of it.”
Vance has also unveiled the accompanying video, which was shot in Brooklyn, New York by Gus Black, who directed the video for Vance’s ”She Burns”. Shot on film, the “Guiding Light (Anniversary Edition) video is a modern cinematic take on the classic Hollywood screen test and stars actor/model AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Carrie Diaries, The Act). The video made its broadcast premiere earlier today on MTV Live, MTVU and MTV Biggest Pop. Vance has also unveiled a lyric video for “Guiding Light (Anniversary Edition)”, and will premiere a short documentary on the making of the song on November 21 at 12:00pm ET.