Keith Urban is joining Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance on a new single, “Guiding Light (Anniversary Edition).” The tune, which was originally recorded for Vance’s 2013 Joy of Nothing album.
Vance is revisiting the song with Keith, Ed Sheeran and the iconic Elton John–three musicians who have been part of his career journey and who continue to inspire him.
Keith and Foy have been teasing the song with funny posts on social media platforms.
…I’m frightened 🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/wm3fz6IcnV
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) October 26, 2023
“Daddy……what is that heavy clinking machine with letters on long metal sticks ???” 🤣
shall I assume the one sheet of paper, once having been ink pounded, might arrive via kangaroos pouch ?! https://t.co/RWccU8LuAW
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) November 2, 2023
Produced by Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, the new Anniversary Edition of the song features new vocals from Sheeran together with Elton John, who has long-championed Vance, and country superstar Keith Urban, who has written with Vance and covered his 2016 song “Burden.” The backing choir on the new version consists of Anderson East, Patrick Droney, Devin Dawson, Bonnie Bishop, Lisa Gray, Etta Britt, Bob Britt, and NEEDTOBREATHES’s Bear Rinehart, Josh Lovelace, Seth Bolt, Tyler Burkum, and Randall Harris, and was recorded at Anderson East’s studio in Nashville.
“When I wrote Guiding Light I was feeling lost in my life due to a loss of family, friendships and reason,” says Vance of the track. “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 the message resonate with so many people over the years has truly been a beautiful thing.”
“Guiding Light” (Anniversary Edition)” will be released November 16th.
Foy has also worked with Alicia Keys, Rag N Bone Man, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Plan B and Rudimental among many others.