Saturday 7 December 2019

Lady Gaga flavour of the month with Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Elton John

US singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett hold a news conference, ahead of their concert, in Brussels. Reuters
US singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett hold a news conference, ahead of their concert, in Brussels. Reuters
US singers Lady Gaga (R) and Tony Bennett pose on the balcony of Brussels townhall after a news conference, ahead of their concert, at Brussels Grand Place. Reuters
Lady Gaga leaves after a news conference, ahead of her concert with Tony Bennett, in Brussels. Reuters

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Wire Agencies

Redefining the notion of "the odd couple" Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have teamed up for an album, while other veteran singers are forming an orderly queue.

If some partnerships are made by the divine hand others are more mundane, but as far as veteran jazz singer Tony Bennett sees it, it was love at first sight.

The unlikely duo have an album of duets out this week. Alright. so she's 28 and he's a serene six decades older but age matters not one whit, the pair simply enjoy making music together.

"When I met her, the first thing I said was 'Let's do an album together.' She said, 'Okay.' It was just that quick," Bennett revealed.

"I was a jazz singer since I was a little girl," said Ms Gaga, "and nobody had really picked up on it. So when Tony asked, I got really excited," the eccentric songstress said in New York.

Their collaborative album will be called Cheek to Cheek.

According to Page Six, Barbra Streisand and Elton John are also reportedly keen to duet with the 28-year-old singer.

Barbra (72) is currently promoting her 34th album, Partners.

The LP sees her duet exclusively with male artists including Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, John Mayer and Babyface.

Meanwhile Gaga has discussed how amazing it was to work with Tony on Cheek to Cheek.

The star confesses she lost passion for her occupation before collaborating with the Rags to Riches singer, but somehow Tony brought her zest for music back to life.

"Yes, I feel happier. I was starting to think there was no elegance left in this industry, no charm. I thought there was no gravity, no authenticity. And then I worked with Tony," she smiled to The Wall Street Journal.

"When I walked into the studio, everyone stood up for me and he was always dressed so beautifully and told me I looked lovely. I've never been treated that way. It was Tony's kindness that made all that jaded, aggravated and cynical part of me that had grown over the years dissipate. Now there's just beautiful."

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