Rita Wilson has shared “Massachusetts” -her captivating duet with TONY and GRAMMY-Award winning Leslie Odom Jr. “Massachusetts” is the third new song to be unveiled from her forthcoming anticipated new superstar duets album, Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets. LISTEN and SHARE “Massachusetts” HERE. Pre-order the album HERE
For the majestic rendition of The Bee Gees “Massachusetts” Rita and album GRAMMY-Award winning co-producer Matt Rollings created an exuberant and immaculately orchestrated treatment of the song complete with soaring strings and a lush arrangement. The blending of Rita and Leslie’s moving harmonies brings a new richness to the song, lovingly delivered as an evocative duet. Rita comments, “The Bee Gees’ songs are so beautiful, and I had never heard ‘Massachusetts’ as a duet. I like the idea that these lovers had to split up for a while, go their own ways, and then eventually come back home to Massachusetts.”
Billboard exclusively reported on the announcement of Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets noting, “instead of having some of the titans duet with her on their own songs from that decade, Wilson and her partners pair on other seminal tracks.” Read the story HERE. The project sees Wilson return to exploring her gift as an interpretive singer, as she revisits the songs that made her fall in love with music. A set of true modern standards from the Seventies, Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets sees Rita singing alongside giants spanning pop, country and rock including WILLIE NELSON, SMOKEY ROBINSON, JACKSON BROWNE, TIM MCGRAW, ELVIS COSTELLO, KEITH URBAN, LESLIE ODOM JR, JOSH GROBAN, VINCE GILL AND JIMMIE ALLEN, illustrating the high regard in which she is held by her peers.
Watch the album trailer HERE. Watch “Let It Be Me” with Jackson Browne HERE and watch “Songbird” with Josh Groban captured live at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall HERE. Rita has established herself as a prolific, authentic, and widely admired singer/songwriter. She’s released four studio albums, a series of three inter-connected EP’s entitled Trilogy, and a steady flow of singles includes the moving, “Everybody Cries,” from the film The Outpost, which won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Outstanding Song for Independent Film. Her music has been hailed as “inspiring” by Rolling Stone, “uplifting” by USA Today, and “powerful” by Newsweek among other accolades. She has performed on some of the world’s greatest stages—the Grand Ole Opry, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Ryman and the Sydney Opera House as well as festivals including Stagecoach, Tortuga and CMA Fest among many others.
RITA WILSON NOW & FOREVER: DUETS TRACKLISTING
“Crazy Love” with Keith Urban
“Where Is The Love?” with Smokey Robinson
“Slip Slidin’ 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