July 15, 2008
Josh Turner is singing the praises of Trisha Yearwood, his harmony partner on current single “Another Try”:
“I had already asked Trisha face to face if she would come in and sing on this song,” Josh told the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville. “She was like, ‘Sure, just send me the song and I’d love to let you know what I think.’ And so I sent her the song, and she said yeah, right off the bat, and came in and, just like a pro, sang like an angel. Honestly, I thought she was gonna come in and have all the parts worked out and not ask any questions, but she just came in by herself and said, ‘Hey, I wanna do whatever y’all want me to do, and I just wanna try and accomplish that, you know, ‘cause this is your record.’ That to me was pretty flattering, because it just showed how great of an artist she is.”
No surprise there. Even before she was a star, she’d made Garth Brooks’ “Shameless” soar. Listen for that trademark voice of hers toward the end of that classic hit, just one of many great harmony stints from Trisha Yearwood.
When thinking of my favorite harmony singers, the ones that come to mind are Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. Harris is always distinctive, which is why her guest appearances are such a treat. Just listen to her harmonizing with Linda Ronstadt on “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)”, which won Ronstadt a Grammy.
Sometimes you can hear Gill and Loveless too, but those two have the talent of fading into the background and making the lead vocalist shine. Ever wonder why Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” sounds so powerful in the chorus, even though he’s not a powerful singer? That’s Miss Patty Loveless doing the heavy lifting. She did the same for Vince Gill on “When I Call Your Name”, as shown in the clip below, though she was just returning the favor, as he was her harmony partner on her first #1 hit “Timber I’m Falling in Love.”
Those three are definitely my favorite guest harmony singers. Who are yours?