Straight No Chaser has received a generous gift from music icon Stevie Wonder, who licensed his classic record, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” to the a cappella group for a funky, harmonious duet, that should certainly impress. The track will appear on the 10-member group’s upcoming fourth studio album, Under The Influence, due May 7 via Atlantic Records.
In addition to Stevie Wonder, the album also features Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds,” Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas’ “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” and Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose.” In addition, Sara Bareilles delivers a soulful solo on the album’s first single, a cover of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
“We wanted to take things up a notch from our previous album With A Twist,” says one of the group’s members, Charlie Mechling. “We tossed around some ideas, including putting feelers out to our favorite artists, not thinking it would actually happen. We thought if we got two or three guest artists, it’d make the album really special. Then every couple weeks we’d get an email saying, ‘Jason Mraz is in. Seal is in. Phil Collins is in. Sara Bareilles is in.’ It blew our minds. I think this is our most unique album to date without losing the traditional a cappella feel.”