Apple Music has introduced its new live Apple Music Sessions, starting with performances by Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes.
During Apple Music Sessions, artists play a short selection of songs, mostly from their own hits plus covers of personal favorites. Each is recorded in Spatial Audio. and is also presented in video.
The Spatial Audio and companion live performance music videos are planned to be recorded in Apple Music’s studios around the world. The first two artists, Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes, were both recorded at Apple Music’s new studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Being in the studio with Apple Music was such an incredible experience,” said Carrie Underwood in a statement, “and I’m excited to share these unique, stripped-down versions of three songs I love with my fans.”
Her songs included her own Ghost Story and Blown Away, plus a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Mama, I’m Coming Home.
“I’ve always been an Ozzy Osbourne fan and Mama, I’m Coming Home’ is one of my all-time favorite songs,” Underwood continued. “I always thought it was a lot like a country song, and I’ve wanted to cover it for a long time.”
“This was a really nice opportunity for me to finally be able to make that happen,” she said. “I hope we made Ozzy proud and I hope he likes it.”
For her Apple Music Session, Tenille Townes performed her own “Same Road Home” and “Somebody’s Daughter”. She also covered Etta James’ song “At Last”.
“It was so cool to capture the spirit of what it feels like to play my songs live with my band at the Apple Music Sessions performance,” said Tenille Townes. “The new space feels like it’s going to be an anchor for our music community in Nashville, and it’s been an honor to be a part of it.”
“‘At Last’ is a song that sets the bar for me as a writer and singer,” she continued. “I’ve never recorded a version of it before and I’ve had a blast including it in my Apple Music Sessions.”
Apple has announced that future artists will be Ronnie Dunn and Ingrid Andress, plus more country artists. The company plans to expand Apple Music Sessions to other genres as well.