Ahead of Valentine's Day, pianist Jim Brickman has teamed up with Olivia Newton-John to re-record Brickman's hit "Valentine." The song was first written and recorded 25 years ago by Brickman and Martina McBride in 1997. "Valentine" first appeared on Brickman's 1997 album Picture This, and later on McBride's album Evolution. The song charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in 1997, peaking at number 50 on the former and number 3 on the latter.
"When I wrote the song with Jack Kugell, I had been thinking about the fact that there was no song that truly represented the romance of Valentine's Day," said Brickman. "It was truly a pivotal moment in my music career to have created a classic song that has been celebrated for 25 years."
The remake grew out of Brickman and Newton-John's long standing friendship after touring and songwriting together, as well as their iconic live performance of the song on Brickman's TV special, My Romance. With Brickman's masterful songwriting and Newton-John's lush, heartfelt vocals the tender, love-charged piano ballad has certainly stood the test of time. Over these 25 years, the song has been used in hundreds of thousands of wedding ceremonies and been covered by artists all over the world.
"I was honored to collaborate with Jim Brickman by recording 'Valentine' and releasing this special remix single for the song's 25th anniversary," said Newton-John. "His music is so romantic and this song in particular is perfect for couples to celebrate the most romantic day of the year."