Rob Jones
The Piano Room’: a collection of stripped back performances, recorded for the BBC (Radio 2 mainly), from the biggest artists in the world. Out 27th Oct.

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Ed Sheeran, George Michael, Sam Smith,
Michael Buble, Coldplay, Annie Lennox, U2,
Ellie Goulding, Elbow, Emeli Sande, Sting,
Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter and many more

In November 2010, BBC Radio 2 received a remarkable and prestigious gift: a grand piano owned by Sir Elton John.
The ‘Elton John Radio 2 Piano’ – a Yamaha DC7 – was personally delivered by Sir Elton to inspire new and established artists, to celebrate Elton’s unique contribution to the UK radio industry and to thank Radio 2 for their support for over 40 years.
Since then, this famous piano has been used in many live BBC performances. Now, it has inspired a new double album, ‘The Piano Room’, which contains the best stripped-back songs, performed live, by many of the world’s best-known and most iconic artists.
Highlights – there are many – include the heartfelt ‘Let Her Down Easy’ by George Michael, ‘Stay with Me’ by Sam Smith, ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay, ‘This Year’s Love’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘God Only Knows’ from Michael Buble, a powerful rendition of ‘Georgia On My Mind’ by Annie Lennox, ‘Lady Madonna’ by Paul McCartney, a soulful duet, ‘Waiting’ performed by Jamie Cullum and Norah Jones; and two equally soulful performances by Gregory Porter: ‘Fly Me to The Moon’ and ‘Just The Way You Are’. Sting performs the beautiful ‘Practical Arrangement’, alongside U2’s ‘Every Breaking Wave’ and Elbow’s ‘Lippy Kids’… the list goes on.
Ken Bruce, whose 9.30am – 12 noon weekday morning show has an audience of 8.3m listeners (RAJAR, Q2 2017), now hosts the Piano Room performances, which have recently featured live piano performances from Neil Sedaka, Elkie Brooks, Gregory Porter, Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross and Abba’s Benny Andersson.
Ken said “It is a great honour to witness these wonderful artists performing live and uncut on Radio. There is an intimacy about a stripped-back performance: the artists here are – almost literally – playing in your living room.”
The Piano Room – Track list
Ed Sheeran
This Year’s Love
Sam Smith
Stay With Me
George Michael
Let Her Down Easy
Michael Buble
God Only Knows
Viva La Vida
Somewhere Only We Know
Every Breaking Wave
Paul McCartney
Lady Madonna
Practical Arrangement
Annie Lennox
Georgia On My Mind
Gregory Porter
Fly Me To The Moon
Norah Jones & Jamie Cullum
James Blunt
Goodbye My Lover
Rufus Wainwright
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Here I Go Again
Elkie Brooks
Make You Feel My Love
Rick Wakeman
Life On Mars
Emeli Sande
Read All About It
Ellie Goulding
How Long Will I Love You
Gregory Porter
Just The Way You Are
The Shires
With or Without You
Snow Patrol
New York
Lippy Kids
Skinny Love
Clean Bandit
Will Young
All Time Love
You’ve Got A Friend
Shane Filan
I Can’t Make You Love Me
Oh Wonder
Only You
Paul Carrack
How Long
Neil Sedaka
Dr. John
Such A Night
Peter Bence
Here Comes The Sun
Jamie Cullum
Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood