Ronstadt's regular producer Peter Asher also produced the duet, which proved to be a challenge. Asher explained in a 2018 Songfacts interview
: "She and James Ingram, when we did 'Somewhere Out There,' never actually were in the studio at the same time, which is more common now but was a bit less common then. And getting it all to fit together, matching their vibratos and the last note and stuff like that, which again in Pro Tools would be two seconds, took quite a while because I had two separate takes of each of them separately. But, for reasons I can't quite remember, they weren't in town at the same time.
So, yeah, duets, you've got to figure out who sings what and all those obvious challenges and get two great vocals that fit together, ideally at the same time, but often not. I think she and Aaron [Neville] were together at the same time on 'Don't Know Much
,' but certainly she and James Ingram on 'Somewhere Out There' were not."