Olivia Newton-John had no plans to sing again until she heard from a woman she met at a health clinic years ago. “I didn’t know her very well, and out of the blue she sends me an email saying, ‘I just know that you need to record this song. My cousin wrote it.’ I immediately panicked,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Then my husband [John Easterling] and I listened to it and I felt very emotional. It was a beautiful message.”
Instead of recording it solo, Newton-John drafted daughter Chloe Lattanzi to duet on “Window in the Wall,” a song about unity, compassion and love. Shortly after its debut, the two, who had previously collaborated on “You Have to Believe,” a remake of “Magic” from Xanadu, jumped on a joint phone call to talk about why this song, why now and what’s next.
First of all, how are you and where are you?
Newton-John: We’re in California, at my house. Chloe is visiting, which is wonderful, and it’s a glorious day, happy to be alive.
That’s the best answer for the day. Congratulations on the single. Can we start at the beginning and tell me how you first got the song?
Newton-John: It was sent to me by a woman I had met at a health clinic a couple of years ago. I didn’t know her very well, and out of the blue, she sends me an email saying, “I just know that you need to record this song. My cousin wrote it.” I immediately panicked thinking, “Oh no, how am I going to explain?” Then my husband and I listened to it and I felt very emotional. I thought it was a beautiful message and thought of Chloe to record it with. It just came into my mind. I had no plans of singing again. I had no plans of recording, but this song just made me do it.
Wow. Why did you not want to sing anymore?
Newton-John: Barry [Gibb] had asked me to record a song with him that’s on Greenfields, but that was a year before. I love doing duets and people ask me, but I had no plans of doing anything of my own. This song just called out to me.
Chloe, I know you have made music together before, but how does it feel to hear your mom say that you were her first thought for this?
Lattanzi: That was the most moving thing about it. Out of all the people she could have asked, she thought of me. I was so excited and I love working with her.
Published: February 08, 2021
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