“GUIDING LIGHT (ANNIVERSARY EDITION)”
FEAT. ED SHEERAN, ELTON JOHN & KEITH URBAN
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 16 ON GINGERBREAD MAN RECORDS
+ ‘REGARDING THE JOY OF NOTHING UK TOUR’ IN DECEMBER
Foy Vance has today announced his very special new single, which features three of the biggest names in music. “Guiding Light (Anniversary Edition)” Featuring Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Keith Urban will be released on November 16 on Gingerbread Man Records, pre-save here.
Originally recorded for Vance’s breakthrough album, 2013’s Joy Of Nothing, and co-sung by Ed Sheeran, his long-time friend, writing – including co-writing “Blue” on Sheeran’s new album Autumn Variations and “A Beautiful Game” for Apple TV+’s ‘Ted Lasso’, which has been nominated for a 2023 Primetime Emmy Award – and touring partner, for 10 years “Guiding Light” has provided a beacon of hope for Vance’s substantial worldwide fanbase. To celebrate this milestone, Foy has revisited the song with three iconic musicians who have been part of his journey and who continue to inspire him. Produced by Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, the new Anniversary Edition of the song features new vocals from Sheeran together with musical icon Elton John, who has long-championed Vance, and Keith Urban, who has written with Vance and covered his 2016 song “Burden”. The backing choir on the new version consists of Anderson East, Patrick Droney, Devin Dawson, Bonnie Bishop, Lisa Gray, Etta Britt, Bob Britt, and NEEDTOBREATHES’s Bear Rinehart, Josh Lovelace, Seth Bolt, Tyler Burkum, and Randall Harris, and was recorded at Anderson East’s studio in Nashville.
“When I wrote Guiding Light I was feeling lost in my life due to a loss of family, friendships and reason,” says Vance of the track. “The music lit up the darkness. Melody reminded me to keep going no matter how long the road or how pointless it seemed.
“Guiding Light is the person or the thing that brings you back to a safe space, somewhere to lick your wounds and convalesce. To see this song resonate with so many people over the years has truly been a beautiful thing.”
“Guiding Light” (Anniversary Edition) arrives ahead of Vance’s upcoming Regarding The Joy Of Nothing UK Tour. Recorded in Donegal on Ireland’s west coast, the album was a critical and commercial breakthrough for the Bangor-born musician, winning the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize.
In 2015, Vance became Sheeran’s second signing to his label Gingerbread Man Records and he has subsequently released two acclaimed studio albums, The Wild Swan (2016) and Signs Of Life (2021). As an in-demand songwriter, Vance’s collaborations include co-writing four cuts including “Galway Girl” on Ed Sheeran’s 2017 album Divide, and he co-wrote the closing track “The Hills of Aberfeldy” on Sheeran’s new album Subtract. He has also worked with Alicia Keys, Rag N Bone Man, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Plan B and Rudimental among many others, effortlessly switching between genres. Vance lives in the Scottish Highlands with his family.
REGARDING THE JOY OF NOTHING TOUR – CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
UK & IRELAND DATES:
December 2 Killarney INEC Club
December 3 Limerick Dolans
December 5 Galway Róisín Dubh
December 6 Galway Róisín Dubh
December 8 Bangor City Church SOLD OUT
December 9 Bangor City Church SOLD OUT
December 11 Leeds Brudenell Social Club SOLD OUT
December 12 Bristol The Fleece SOLD OUT
December 15 Manchester Band on The Wall SOLD OUT
December 16 London Union Chapel SOLD OUT
December 18 Glasgow St. Luke’s
December 19 Glasgow St. Luke’s