Australian singer-songwriter and producer Rick Price, 58, teamed up with Filipino pop sensation Morissette Amon, 23, who is mononymously known by her first name, on the 2020 version of “Heaven Knows.” Released on Valentine’s day, the classic ballad is rearranged with a fuller sound and a more contemporary touch.
“The original recording of ‘Heaven Knows’ is basically piano and voice only,” Price disclosed. “The new version is a duet and has a full band added with lush strings and background vocals. It was such a delight to record and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
Morissette gave the previous iteration a different spin with her adept and powerful vocals. The Asia’s Phoenix, who happens to be a Wish 107.5 Hall of Fame awardee, stayed true to the song’s enduring message of romantic longing, while making sure to deliver a transcendent performance.
“Working on this track, RP and I kind of agreed that we didn’t want to make the verses predictable, but to keep the chorus singable and heartfelt,” Morisette shared. “He also allowed me to put my own flavor and twists into the melodies.”
After working with Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez on the remake of “Nothing Can Stop Us Now,” Price returned with a lovely duet featuring Morissette, one of the biggest music stars in the Philippines. The collaboration, according to Price, was indeed monumental because it not only pays tribute to one of the biggest hits of his career but also gives him a chance to revisit the song with a talented singer who knows how to interpret the material with precise emotional heft.
“Thankfully my record label Sony Music was able to put me in touch with Morissette,” the multi-platinum recording star gushed. “I fell in love with her voice. She made me cry: truly the voice of an angel. Morissette is a wonderfully talented artist and a delight to work with.”
The young diva shares the same sentiment on collaborating with Price as the project inspires and challenges her to appreciate and do different types of music. She said, “Getting to work with an international music icon such as Rick Price is already such an honor, and with a song that I didn’t only grow up to but should continually be passed on through generations.”
“Heaven Knows” was originally released in 1992 and peaked at number 6 on ARIA Singles Chart. In the Philippines, the beloved anthem became a staple adult contemporary smash with longevity that spans for more than 25 years.
Resonating with music fans from opposite sides of the generation spectrum, young and old, the chart-topping tune is perfect for the season of love and romance this month. Even Price himself has no idea why the song continues to make a mark up to the present day.
“It’s hard to say why this song has stayed around for so long,” Price said. “It just seemed to strike a chord with so many people. I imagine almost every human being experiences heart break and loss at some point in their life and it’s comforting to know we are not alone in that process.”
The 2020 version of “Heaven Knows” is available now on Spotify and all music streaming and download platforms worldwide via Sony Music. Here is a lyric video: