Friday (Nov. 25) was A direction member shared a gorgeous cover of the late guitar legend’s 1971 song “Angel” from his posthumous album, The cry of love. The 29-year-old singer’s unique rendition of the track arrived ahead of what would have been Hendrix’s 80th birthday on Sunday (November 27).
“Being asked to collaborate to celebrate @jimihendrix’s 80th birthday was such an unexpected and huge honor,” Zayn tweeted next to a link to the cover. “I have so much respect and admiration for Jimi, his music and fans. ‘Angel’ is out now – hope you love the track as much as I do. Happy 80th Jimi.”
Earlier this week, Zayn teased a 15-second snippet of the collaboration, which features original music by Hendrix.
“We are delighted that Zayn has been inspired to use original music from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Angel’ in his recording of the song,” the late guitarist’s estate, Experience Hendrix, LLC, previously said. Billboard. “We hope this version of a Hendrix classic will enlighten a new generation of listeners about Jimi’s genius and carry on his continuing legacy.”
Hendrix, considered by many to be the greatest cut guitarist of all time, died on Sept. 18, 1970 at the age of 27.
After leaving 1D, Zayn bounced from his debut R&B-leaning Hot 100 No. 1 “Pillowtalk” for a nap Fifty shades darker soundtrack collaboration with Taylor Swift (“I Don’t Wanna to Live Forever”) as well as songs with Sia, Nicki Minaj and Zhavia Ward – the latter a cover of 2019’s “A Whole New World” Aladdin reboot. He recently signed on to be part of the voice cast for the animated children’s film 10 lives.
Hear Zayn’s cover of Hendrix’s “Angel” in the video below.