More than three years after his death at the age of 81, the first posthumous album from Kenny Rogers is set for release. Life Is Like a Song, a 10-track collection curated by the singer's widow Wanda Rogers, will deliver new and unheard music from the cross-genre musical legend.
Cover performances from other legendary performers make up a strong contingent of the track list. Rogers shares his take on Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," the Temptations' "I Wish it Would Rain" and Lionel Richie's "Goodbye," the latter of which played at Rogers' memorial service.
The track list also boasts three duets, including "Tell Me That You Love Me," a joint effort with Rogers' frequent collaborator from the country format, Dolly Parton. Rogers also teams with singer Kim Keyes on another track, "Am I Too Late," while Australian country singer-songwriter Jamie O'Neal joins him for "Straight Into Love."
There's also a strong personal component to Rogers' new music: One track, "Catchin' Grasshoppers," is an ode to the singer's twin sons. "Years from now, I won't remember this day / I won't recall the field / But I'll remember my children's eyes / Lighting up like stars when they were five," the lyrics read, according to a statement. "Yes, I'll remember / Catchin' grasshoppers."
Rogers' widow, who executive produced the project as well as curating the song selection, says that Life Is Like a Song is particularly special because of the tender, personal story it shares.
"This is a very special record to me and our family because it really tells the story of our life together, and I feel his fans will also relate to it in a big way because it walks the listener through the seasons of life that we all experience in one way or another," Wanda reflects. "There is joy, there is love, there is family, there is uncertainty, there is pain, there is faith… it’s emotional and real. This is the kind of music Kenny loved to make."
Life Is Like a Song will be out in full on June 2, but two advance tracks off the album are available now. Those are "I Wish it Would Rain" and "Love Is a Drug."
In addition to the 10-track CD, Life Is Like a Song will be available in a variety of different formats, including CD and vinyl. The digital deluxe version of the album features two additional bonus covers: A rendition of Etta James' "At Last" and the Buddy Hyatt-written original song, "Say Hello to Heaven."
Kenny Rogers, Life Is Like a Song Album Track List:
1. "Love Is a Drug"
2. "I Wish It Would Rain"
3. "Am I Too Late" (with Kim Keyes)
4. "Tell Me That You Love Me" (with Dolly Parton)
5. "Straight Into Love" (with Jamie O'Neal)
6. "Wonderful Tonight"
7. "Catchin’ Grasshoppers"
8. "That's Love To Me"
9. "I Will Wait For You"
11. "Say Hello to Heaven" (digital deluxe bonus track)
12. "At Last" (digital deluxe bonus track)
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Kenny Rogers may have been country music's all-time real estate king, and one of his spectacular properties is currently for sale. Rogers' former 6-bedroom, 9.5-bathroom, 15,409-square-foot estate in one of the priciest areas of Atlanta is currently on the market for $4.2 million, and it's a staggering property fit for country music royalty.
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Kenny Rogers developed a taste for fine living early in his success. His ultra-lavish mansion in Bel Air, Calif., an estate called Lionsgate, was opulent even by celebrity standards. The 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom home totals 23,988 square feet of space, and it sits on 1.63 acres of some of the most expensive real estate in California.
The lavish interior includes a master suite that encompasses more than 3,000 square feet, three separate living rooms, seven fireplaces, a billiards room, a formal study, a private 12-seat theater with leather seats, a climate-controlled wine room that opens onto a saltwater pool, three steam showers and a large dry sauna. The property also features an outdoor glass elevator that leads to a large ballroom party space with an attached guest suite and a professional-sized gym.
The exterior of the house is just as lavish, including an outdoor living area with heated floors and a fully equipped bar, a tennis court with stadium lighting and a viewing area, a hot tub and extensive landscaping. Realtor.com
calls Lionsgate the "most prestigious luxury estate" in Bel Air, boasting "possibly the best views in Los Angeles."
According to Business Insider
, Rogers purchased the estate in the 1970s, and he added the lions to the gate and christened the home Lionsgate. He sold it in 1983 for $5.8 million, according to Variety
, and the property most recently sold in 2015 for a staggering $46.25 million.
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Kenny Rogers' 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom, 6,9991-square-foot mansion in the high-dollar area of Buckhead in Atlanta was absolutely spectacular. Highlights include a striking two-story entryway and sweeping staircase leading to very formal living and dining rooms. There is also a large eat-in kitchen with booth seating, and the great room features a 20-foot ceiling.
Other amenities include a massive upstairs master suite that includes its own fireplace, separate sitting room, luxurious bathroom and a massive walk-in closet. The luxurious home also features guest suites, a screening room, a full-sized bar, a game room and more. Ornate arched doors, oversized windows throughout and stunning trims, light fixtures and ceilings add to the luxurious feel of the stately home, which Rogers listed for $4,495,000 in 2019.
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Rogers' 13,000-square-foot estate outside of Atlanta featured 6 bedrooms, 8 full and 4 half bathrooms.
The opulent mansion features wrought iron entry gates and a spacious two-story foyer with matching curved staircases, as well as elegant and very formal living and dining rooms. There's an enormous eat-in kitchen with a massive double island, along with 10 fireplaces scattered throughout the residence. The mind-boggling manor also boasts a conservatory, a combination family room and game room with its own full bar and a private movie theater with stadium seating.
The mansion's gigantic master suite comprises two walk-in closets with private dressing rooms, as well as a vast formal bathroom with brass fixtures and marble floors. There's also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment above the garage, which could serve as extra space for visiting family or live-in staff members.
Rogers purchased the luxurious Mediterranean estate in 2012 for $1.5 million. He sold it for $2.383 million in 2018.