Usher Planned To Record With Amy Winehouse
The Scream singer says their duet could have been incredible...
Speaking about his new album Looking For Myself, the Climax singer explained that he sought out long-time Winehouse producer Salaam Remi because he was very interested in working with the late star.
Talking about his possible hook-up with Amy, Usher revealed: "We met and we talked about it for a moment when I saw her.
"There was a few conversations that took place, but we never quite made it to it ... I would have loved it."
He went on to add that one of those talks occurred while the unlikely duo were shopping at the ritzy London department store Selfridges.
"I was shopping and she was doing some private shopping and she came out and we kind of crossed each other's [paths] and, [I was like] 'Is that Amy Winehouse?' ... And before you know it we talked and exchanged information and I invited her to a show ... and she didn't come."
Winehouse was out of the country at the time and sent a relative to the gig in her instead, but that missed connection has stuck with Usher to this day.
"It could have been one of the most incredible records ever," he said. "A voice like that comes once in a lifetime."
Usher still wanted to get in the studio with Remi, and though it was a hard time for the producer, the pair met in New York and worked it out. "The style and the sound that we worked, I felt would definitely compliment what he does as a producer and what I have to offer."
The story that the two explored on Sins of My Father was a new one for Usher, who had never spoken about his feelings for his dad in song before. "That was a hard one, but he gave me a palette that really worked."