Olivia Newton-John and her daughter are teaming up for a special project. ET’s Rachel Smith spoke with the 72-year-old singer and her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, 35, about how her new duo, “Window in the Wall,” came about.
Although Newton-John “had not really planned to record again,” he changed his key after receiving the song from a special source.
“This woman I met at a health clinic sent me a song and said, ‘They called me to send you this song. I think you should record it. It was written by my cousin,'” Newton-John recalled. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what if I hate him?'”
Newton-John’s fear was unfounded, as she and her husband, John Easterling, “got very emotional because the lyrics really blew us away.” After deciding that he “had to record” the song, Newtown-John knew immediately who he wanted by his side for the process.
“The only person I thought of was Chloe to sing with me, because it was a very personal song,” Newton-John said. “Fortunately she agreed. It’s not really her genre of music, but it was something very special doing it with her.”
“I was honored that of all the people my mother could have asked, she would have asked,” Lattanzi said. “That meant the world to me.”
Recording the song with her daughter was “a very special healing process” for Newton-John, and she hopes the result will affect its listeners as well.
“When I first heard the song, it touched my heart because it is about seeing someone else’s point of view and continuing to love and understand them,” he said. “At this particular time in the world, it is the perfect message, to have compassion and friendship for each other at this very unusual time on the planet.”
“We are all so connected and we should value that connectivity, not our division,” Newton-John continued. “Just to share the love, because we are all here right now together on the planet, and we are all one.”
In addition to recording the song together, the mother-daughter duo also filmed an accompanying music video. Filmed at Newton-John’s home in California over the course of a day, the location only contributed to the song’s significance.
“At the bottom of our property, we have a seasonal river … We are lucky it was running at this particular time,” Newton-John said. “[The] the synchronicity was amazing. All the synchronicity of how I found the song, how the river ran, how we had one of the warmest days we’ve had in the winter to film it. It was like everything was perfect. “
As for new music, Newton-John’s duet album will be out in “the next few weeks or months,” but she is otherwise unsure of its record future. “If I do, it will be for fun,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Lattanzi, however, is hard at work on new music, a process during which she always keeps her mother’s previous advice in mind.
“I started recording and signed at a very young age. When I was making my album, I listened to Mariah a lot. [Carey] and Christina Aguilera and doing all the riffs and everything, “recalled Lattanzi.” AND [Newton-John] She said, ‘It’s much more important, Chloe, that you come from your heart and make people feel something. You may have an imperfect note, but, as a singer, it is much more important that people feel you than you show your vocal tricks. ‘”
“I think it was one of the most profound advice I received from her as an artist,” he continued. “We are very, very different. I am a very different type of artist and I like that. I like that we are different people.”
Although she is not sure what the future holds for her career, Newton-John said she is “doing really well” and feels “really good” physically after three battles with cancer.
“I have to thank my husband very much for how I feel, because he has been growing medicinal cannabis on our property. He has a laboratory here to find the best strains for what I am going through. He has helped me a lot. They Amazonian his plants that I take [help] “, said.” We started a foundation, Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, to raise money to fund research to study plant medicine for cancer. That is our mission. “
“I feel so good,” he added. “I am very, very grateful.”
“Window in the Wall” is now available, while the pocket edition of Newton-John’s 2019 memoirs, Do not stop believing, will be released on Tuesday, January 26.