“I just was shaking in my boots, really. I tell everyone that I kept a whiskey underneath my stool when I was recording with him in the studio because I was so nervous,” Gaga told On Air with Ryan Seacrest about her experience working with Tony. “I feel so humbled to be doing this project with him. This is, for me, the most important album I’ve ever made.”
Another fella that inspires Gaga besides Bennett? Sam Smith, who sent Gaga an emotional letter about how she gave him the strength to pursue his dream in music.
You're so special my baby. Your email made me cry @samsmithworld With the voice of an angel, u need no permission or advice. You're perfect.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 11, 2014
“He’s just tremendous and, you know, in tuned with what we are doing with Cheek to Cheek,” Gaga said. “Sam is a true musical artist, a true musician, there’s an organic-ness in his voice and the records that he’s made, and I really feel that this is the turn that music is going to take now,” she said. “After lots of this electronic sound that’s been trendy for awhile, I think everybody is hungry for something that’s more authentic, and more honest, and more human, and that’s why his voice is really connecting with the world. I’m so very happy for him. He really, really deserves all the accolades that he’s getting and I pray that he continues to be himself.”
Listen to the interview here: