As one of the few EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners worldwide, Barbra Streisand can do pretty much anything she wants in the entertainment industry. But does she want to do country music? The answer seems to be yes – at least a little.
On August 6th, Streisand will release Release Me 2, a collection of previously unreleased material dating back to 1967. It follows a similar collection from 2012, Release Me, and features a duet with none other than country legend Willie Nelson.
The unusual couple recorded a version of “I’d Want It to Be You,” a song written by Streisand and produced by Walter Afanasieff and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The collaboration was scheduled for inclusion on Streisand’s 2014 album Partners, but wasn’t completed in time for the edit to be done.
In a 2012 interview with SiriusXM, Nelson said he had long hoped to do a duet with the Broadway star – “I’ve been saying for 20 years that I wanted to do a duet with Barbara Streisand one day,” Nelson said Johnny Knoxville – and, luckily, the news of his desire finally reached her.
Release Me 2 with 10 studio appearances will be released along with a 32-page liner notes booklet by Streisand and Jay Landers. The album will be available digitally, on CD, and in a variety of collectible vinyl prints.
PICTURES: Willie Nelson over the years