On Wednesday afternoon at Cash Cabin just outside Nashville, Sheryl Crow premiered her new video for “Redemption Day” for a small group of music industry insiders.
The new recording is a duet with the late Johnny Cash, and is the lead single from Crow’s upcoming album that features collaborations with rockers like Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley, as well as country legends like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.
Sheryl wrote “Redemption Day” in 1996 after visiting Bosnia with then-first lady Hillary Clinton. That same year, she recorded it on her self-titled second record.
Shortly before Cash’s death, the Man in Black discovered the tune — but wouldn’t record it until he asked Crow in-depth questions about the lyrics.
“Cut to 2003,” Sheryl explains, “Johnny Cash recorded it and felt like it would be the cornerstone of [the album he was making then]. He was adamant about knowing what every lyric meant.”
She adds that Johnny “really delivered the song in a way that felt like for him it would be the most important song on his record. And unfortunately…two months later he passed.”
While working on her new album, Crow reached out to the Cash family for the permission to use the late legend’s vocal on a new version. Nearly 25 years since its inception, she feels like “Redemption Day” has finally arrived.
“I feel like the song has finally found its moment,” she reflects. “I re-recorded it, rearranged it, and Johnny and I are both singing the song. And I hope he would be very proud of what we’ve done and feel like it has met its moment.”
The Crow/Cash duet on “Redemption Day” will be available to stream or download on Friday.
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