Ronan Keating’s long term pal Robbie Williams, has penned an emotional tribute song to the late Stephen Gately for Ronan’s new album Twenty Twenty.
The Boyzone singer who’s untimely death occurred in 2009 left the band shattered. Watching a raw interview with Ronan on the 10th Anniversary of Stephen’s death, Williams contacted Keating to offer support, share his sorrow and song he wrote titled ‘The Big Goodbye’.
Ronan says, “It was the tenth anniversary of the passing of Stephen and I got an email from Robbie saying: ‘Mate, just saw you on Loose Women with the boys, you’re looking well – but I can’t believe it’s 10 years since Stephen died.’ He sent me the song he had written and the moment I listened to the song I was in tears. Together, Robbie and I changed round the arrangement, adapting the vocals so it worked as a duet. It’s a deeply personal song for both of us.”
The four-time platinum selling-artist Ronan Keating, features a host of special duets on his ‘Twenty Twenty’ album to mark his successful years in the business.
Other artists featured are Shania Twain on ‘Forever And Ever, Amen’ – “Shania and I were meant to do something together 20 years ago on one of her songs, ‘From This Moment’. That never came about, so it felt especially right to reach out now. ‘Forever And Ever, Amen’ is a true country gem so to team up with the original writers and producer of ‘Nothing At All’, twenty years on makes it all the more special”
Ronan and Alison Krauss are joined by Ed Sheeran on guitar for a new version of ‘When You Say Nothing At All’. Nashville star Clare Bowen duets on ‘Love Will Remain’ while Sheeran’s ex-flame Nina Nesbitt appears on song ‘The One’ – “I met Nina at Metropolis and we hit it off straight away. She has a such a lovely way about her and when she went into the vocal booth, I just thought ‘wow’! She sounded incredible.”
The famous names joining Ronan on this special album are a true testament to his influence on shaping modern pop music as well as his many musical achievements since the millennium; not to mention the love and respect shown to him from his friends and peers.
This is Ronan’s life work, and he is excited and ready to unleash ‘Twenty Twenty’ into the world.