Olivia Dean shares a brand-new version of her beloved single “The Hardest Part,” featuring vocals from singer-songwriter Leon Bridges. The original version has been streamed over 117 million times worldwide since its release and will also appear on Dean’s forthcoming debut album Messy, out June 30th via Island Records.
“The Hardest Part” has been a hugely important part of Dean’s musical journey over the past three years, so she reached out to one of her favorite artists, Leon Bridges, to collaborate with her on an updated version of the track. A true fan, Dean persevered through train strikes to see Bridges’ headline Hammersmith Apollo show last year, biking all the way from Deptford to Hammersmith to catch the show.
Olivia says, “I can’t believe the hardest part came out 3 years ago!! This song really changed my life and holds a special place in my heart. I put together a little EP to celebrate her, featuring a very special guest Mr Leon Bridges. I am such a big fan! I can’t believe we’re on a song together. Big life moment for me :)”
Of the collaboration Leon adds “The first time I heard ‘The Hardest Part,’ it hit me as a ‘one-listen’ record. Just has that instant classic feel. Olivia paints such a beautiful world with the song and I’m honoured she asked me to join it.”
“The Hardest Part – Olivia Dean & Leon Bridges” comes today as a part of a special four track release. The Hardest Part EP, which includes new live and acoustic versions, plus the original version of the track.