As children, we all probably went to work with a parent at one point or another. But, what does that look like for celebrity musicians and their children? Perhaps the better question is: what does it sound like? Many artists have recorded songs about their children, but some take it even further and included their children on the track. Because artists accel at expressing their emotions through song, it’s only natural that musicians would voice their love with their child in the most touching ways.
From Tori Amos to The Notorious B.I.G., parents have recorded many a tune with their little ones. These songs capture a moment in time in the relationship between a parent and their child in a similar fashion to a photograph or home movie. Because the artist is a famed musician, fans love getting to see the familial side of things. We found 10 touching songs artists recorded with their children that you need to know about.
“A Million Dreams” by Pink and Willow Sage Hart
Pink and her 7-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart recorded and released the song “A Million Dreams” together in 2018. The song is part of a covers album for the soundtrack of the film, The Greatest Showman. This tender song captures the hopes and dreams a mother and daughter both share for their future.
“Blue” by Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy
Beyoncé became a mother on January 7, 2012, when she gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. This song finds the proud mom singing about being in love with her daughter forever. While Blue Ivy does not sing on the track, her giggles and coos can be heard. It’s a touching tribute from a new mom.
“Glory” by Jay-Z ft. Blue Ivy
Just days after the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay-Z released “Glory” a song about becoming a father and his love for his “greatest creation.” Again, the track contains the sound of crying, not yet singing. The tune made history as Blue became the youngest artist to ever a to feature on a Billboard chart when it peaked at #63 for R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
“Promise” by Tori Amos and Tash
“Promise” features Tori Amos duetting with her 13-year-old daughter, Natashya “Tash” Hawley, as they reflect on a mother-daughter relationship from both perspectives. Tash previously sang for her mother on four songs (“Snowblind,” “Cactus Practice,” “Job’s Coffin,” and “The Chase”) on Amos’s classically-inspired 2010 album, Night of Hunters.
“Orphans” by Coldplay with Apple, and Moses
Coldplay’s Chris Martin was joined by his two children Apple and Moses on the band’s 2019 hit, “Orphans.” Both children are featured in the chorus and in backing vocals. The song is about the Damascus bombing of April 2018 during the Syrian Civil War. In addition to singing, Moses also was paid by his dad for helping to write the song.
“Supernatural” by Mariah Carey and Monroe and Moroccan
“Supernatural” sees Mariah Carey joined by her 3-year-old twins (at the time) Monroe and Moroccan. Both kids offered vocal support to the diva in this fun song that was released in 2014. The lyrics are super sweet with the chorus being: “Our love/Is supernatural/Hey baby actually/I’m for sure
It’s forever talking ’bout our love.”
“My Love Is Your Love” by Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina
Sadly, Whitney Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown are no longer with us. However, they often performed the song “My Love Is Your Love” together after the song’s release in 1999. The beautiful song was recorded with backing from Bobbi Kristina and The Family Friends Community Choir. The tune was an international hit and it’s easy to hear why.
“One More Chance/ The Legacy Remix” by The Notorious B.I.G., CJ Wallace, and Faith Evans
“One More Chance/ The Legacy Remix” was a family affair for Biggie who also asked wife, Faith Evans and son, CJ Wallace to join him on the track. The official remix to the “Stay with Me” remix appears on the soundtrack of Notorious B.I.G.’s biopic Notorious.
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“Butterfly Fly Away” by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
In 2008 when the song “Butterfly Fly Away” was released with Hannah Montana: The Movie, it’s debatable which of the two singers/actors Billy Ray Cyrus or Miley Cyrus were more famous. The song describes a child’s transition into adulthood which is where the extended butterfly metaphor comes into play.
“Bridging the Gap” by Nas ft. Olu Dara
Olu Dara is a widely respected and incredibly talented cornetist, singer, and guitarist who is also father to a rapper you might have heard of: Nas. The father/son duo recorded the song “Bridging the Gap” in 2004. Before its release on Nas’s album Street’s Disciple, the pair performed the song at multiple venues to create buzz around the track and album’s upcoming release.
There you go! 10 songs recorded by musicians with their children. While some of the kids ended up becoming huge stars themselves, it’s very nice that they still love performing with the ones that helped them discover their love for music.
- 1 “A Million Dreams” by Pink and Willow Sage Hart
- 2 “Blue” by Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy
- 3 “Glory” by Jay-Z ft. Blue Ivy
- 4 “Promise” by Tori Amos and Tash
- 5 “Orphans” by Coldplay with Apple, and Moses
- 6 “Supernatural” by Mariah Carey and Monroe and Moroccan
- 7 “My Love Is Your Love” by Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina
- 8 “One More Chance/ The Legacy Remix” by The Notorious B.I.G., CJ Wallace, and Faith Evans
- 9 “Butterfly Fly Away” by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
- 10 “Bridging the Gap” by Nas ft. Olu Dara
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