Kenny Rogers’ Posthumous Album ‘Life Is Like a Song’ Set For June Release

13 April 2023 | 11:06 am | Mallory Arbour

The project features duets with Dolly Parton, Jamie O'Neal and Kim Keyes.

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The late Kenny Rogers’ first posthumous album, Life Is Like A Song, is set for release June 2, as curated and executive produced by his widow Wanda Rogers.

The ten-track collection contains eight unreleased recordings from Rogers’ archives that tells the story of the love, life, loss and faith between Rogers, Wanda and their children, Justin and Jordan.

The album, which will be available digitally as well as on CD and vinyl, features the long sought after Goodbye, written by Lionel Richie, interpretations of Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight and duets with Dolly Parton, Kim Keyes and Jamie O’Neil

A deluxe edition is expected featuring two bonus tracks – the Buddy Hyatt-penned original Say Hello To Heaven and a cover of the Etta James’ classic At Last.

LIFE IS LIKE A SONG, the new full-length album from legendary music icon Kenny Rogers, will be released on CD and vinyl...

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“I think the record is fabulous, and it is going to make Kenny so proud,” said Wanda Rogers via a statement. “These songs are such a beautiful reminder of his love ‘for the feelings a song can make’ for a person. He would often say that he wanted his songs to be ‘what every man wants to say, and every woman wants to hear.’ I think there are a lot of those moments on this album.

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. 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.”

Two songs from the album are available now for streaming: Love Is a Drug, co-written by Rogers’ long-time musical partner and former New Christy Minstrels bandmate Kim Carnes, as well as Rogers’ rendition of The Temptations’ hit I Wish It Would Rain.

Rogers passed away on March 20, 2020, from natural causes at the age of 81. The album is being released in memory of Rogers to honour him and his musical legacy.

Life Is Like a Song marks the first non-holiday studio album from Rogers in a decade, and his only non-compilation/non-reissued full-length album to be released on vinyl since 1991.

Life Is Like a Song Tracklist:

  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
  10. Goodbye
  11. Say Hello To Heaven (Bonus Track)
  12. At Last (Bonus Track)