Country music is full of unexpected duets: Tim McGraw & Nelly,Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley & Demi Lovato… we could keep going.
This one will definitely take you by surprise. Marie Osmond and R&B singer Sisqo (the guy responsible for ‘Thong Song’).
Osmond has recently released her new country album, Music Is Medicine, which is her first country album since Steppin’ Stone (1989).
An Osmond recording country music might have surprised some, but it was what she wanted to do.
Marie told Billboard, “I loved country. I loved that Loretta Lynn could write and sing about things she believed in — like being married and having children. If I was going to go out and compete with my brothers, I wanted to make sure I was doing something of which I was passionate. To me, country was the only kind of music I wanted to sing.”
Music Is Medicine contains five collaborations on the album, including “Getting Better All The Time,” recorded with Olivia Newton-John and “Give Me A Good Song,” which she cut with R&B singer Sisqo.
“Jason Deere [who produced the album] and I did the song, and wanted the song to be something that was a feel-good song. We were doing this rap thing, which was a salute to people like Prince, Judy Garland, and Alabama — all of whom made some great musical contributions in life. The engineer said that Sisqo was next door, so I said ‘Let’s ask him.’ God bless him, because it was like back in the day where two artists did something because of the music. There were no agents, managers or attorneys getting involved. He heard it, said let’s do it, and we did it. It was so cool, and to have him on the song made it come alive. He came over and nailed it in less than an hour. That’s a true artist.”
Read more about the new album from Billboard.