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Whenever I Say Your Name by Sting
Album: Sacred LoveReleased: 2003Charted:
This duet with Mary J. Blige is the second single from Sting's seventh solo album. Blige did not originally include the song on her own release, Love & Life, but it was featured on that album's international re-release.
This won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2004 against "Can't Hold Us Down
" (Christina Aguilera and Lil' Kim), "La Vie En Rose
" (Tony Bennett and k.d. Lang), "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" (Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples), and "Feel Good Time" (Pink and William Orbit).
Will.i.am did a remix of this featuring The Black Eyed Peas.
Sting wrote this song specifically for Mary J. Blige after the two performed together at the My VH1 Music Awards a few years before. He told Grammy Magazine: "Mary J. Blige was the right singer to sing this duet. The song is about finding solace in the world through love, through finding that one person. 'Whenever I say your name, I'm already praying.' That's not just romantic gobbledygook, it's real. If you really love somebody, it's a religious experience when you're with them, when you think of them and when you speak to them. Certainly the only connection I have with religion apart from music is this sense of love with someone else. So Mary and I are playing these roles, a relationship that was co-dependent and necessary. And she is just so passionate that it brought passion out in me. I'm not the most passionate person - I'm English! We find it very difficult to express passion, so we need some help."