In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 (via Stereogum), Khalid spoke about how the collaboration came about and how he would never turn down an opportunity to work with FJM.
“Father John Misty wrote “Heaven,” and that’s the song he played to me with the Cinderella moment, right?,” Khalid said.
“Talking to him about that song, that’s a song that he loved a lot and he felt like it was so fitting for me. I did too. I feel like when I sing that song, I can almost hear him on the record as well.”
“I would never pass on singing a Father John Misty song and putting that on my album ever,” he continued.
“If Father John Misty is like, “Yo, here, look here’s this song, you want to sing it?” I’m like, ‘Hell yeah I want to sing that’.”
“One, he inspires me so much, so I feel like his voice, or my voice at least, is not too far off from his, because that’s a voice that I grew up with, and I sat with, and I lived with. I love that I got to take a song that he wrote and interpret it in the way that it makes me feel. I love that when I listen to it, I hear him on it. For me, that’s a present, that’s a gift. How many people do you know out there who can say that they’ve sang a song that Father John Misty has wrote?”
This isn’t the first time Misty – real name Josh Tillman – has offered his writing chops to pop stars, having writing credits on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Lady Gaga’s Joanne.
Free Spirit is out tomorrow.