Ed Sheeran, Elton John On New Foy Vance Track: Listen
Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Keith Urban all feature on a new recording of Foy Vance’s Guiding Light, out now.
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The original track appeared on Vance’s 2013 album Joy Of Nothing and also featured additional vocals from longtime friend Sheeran. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Northern Irish singer-songwriter has released a new version of the song.
“When I wrote Guiding Light I was feeling lost in my life due to a loss of family, friendships and reason,” Vance said in a statement. “The music lit up the darkness. Melody reminded me to keep going no matter how long the road or how pointless it seemed.
“Guiding Light is the person or the thing that brings you back to a safe space, somewhere to lick your wounds and convalesce. To see this song resonate with so many people over the years has truly been a beautiful thing.”
Sheeran said: “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!”