What a star-studded track this is! Carlos Santana, Sting, and Stevie Wonder all contribute to the upcoming track “The More I Love My Life,” which is being produced, written, and performed by the well-known drummer, composer, and songwriter Narada Michael Walden. On Friday, November 10, the lively pop-soul tune will be made available on radio stations and as a digital single. The song is also included on Walden’s upcoming studio album, Euphoria, which is available for pre-order now and will be released on Friday, November 17. “The More I Love My Life” has some intense guitar playing by Santana, lead vocals by Sting in the second stanza, and some of Wonder’s signature harmonica flourishes. Santana also appears on “Euphoria Pt. 1 & Pt. 2,” the album’s last track. In an explanation of the song’s making that appeared on Sting.
com, Walden talked about Wonder, Santana, and Sting’s involvement. According to Walden, “Sting was the first to record his parts on ‘The More I Love My Life.'” “His voice reappears in the chorus and second stanza, creating a mystical effect with his voice and harmony. I will always be appreciative to my brother Sting. Then, according to Walden, Santana added his guitar solo and “the musical dialogue with Stevie Wonder at the end” to the song. Walden further mentioned that Narada was introduced to Senegalese artist Ishmael Lo by Santana, who Narada claimed “inspired me to create the song” and contributed his vocals to the song’s conclusion. Walden spoke highly of Wonder, saying, “He added colors that we can all hear and used the right harmonica for the key of the song.” For me, the last solo—a duet with Carlos’ guitar—represents something unmatched.
To me, having these Champions perform on the same song is a dream come true. In addition to playing drums for the esteemed jazz-fusion ensemble the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Walden has a lengthy list of accomplishments that include co-writing and producing the songs “Freeway to Love” by Aretha Franklin, “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston, and “I Don’t Wanna Cry” by Mariah Carey. In addition to playing drums for Journey from 2020 to 2022, he co-wrote and co-produced the group’s most recent studio album, Freedom.