Ed Sheeran made headlines last month when he performed a touching tribute song to the late Michael Gudinski at his state memorial.
Now it has been confirmed that Ed’s song, titled Visiting Hours, will be released on the music legend’s Mushroom Records label.
Michael’s son Matt Gudinsk, who took over as Mushroom Records ‘new CEO after his father passed away, told d News Corp on Sunday:’ I believe there are plans to [Ed’s song] to be published in due course.
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‘Father figure’: Ed Sheeran (left) is set to release his touching tribute song to late mentor Michael Gudinski (right) titled Visiting Hours
Ed wrote Visiting Hours while self-isolating in about 40 hotels.
In the song’s lyrics, Ed talks about his desire to visit Michael in the afterlife, wishing that “ Heaven would have visiting hours so I could just drop by and ask for your advice. ”
Speaking about the song, Matt told News Corp, “ It meant a lot to me and our family that Ed made the trip here and created a song in honor of Dad. ”
Big plans: “ I think it’s scheduled to be released on time, ” label new CEO Matt Gudinski, 36, said. [pictured], News Corp told News Corp on Sunday.
The song: In the lyrics to Visiting Hours, Sheeran says he wishes “Heaven had visiting hours … so that I can drop by and ask your advice.” Sheeran seen performing the song at the Gudinski State Memorial in March
Matt took on the role of CEO of the Mushroom Group following the sudden death of his father Michael on March 2.
And he also revealed his intention to continue his father’s passion project, a live concert with Australian and New Zealand musical artists called Music From the Home Front.
Last year’s COVID virtual concert, which took place on Anzac Day, was viewed by more than 1.1 million people, and Matt has said it will take over in 2021.
Big List: And he also revealed his intention to pursue his father’s passion project, Music From the Home Front. Pictured: the kid LAROI
Icons: Streaming performances will be provided by The Kid LAROI, Jimmy Barnes [pictured], Tina Arena, Dean Lewis, You Am I, Sam Fischer and Hayley Mary
“Dad was busy working on it until the end,” said the music director, adding that the concert was “something extremely important to me”.
This year’s concert will feature a live audience at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, as well as a virtual component.
The concerts will include Amy Shark, Vance Joy, The Rubens, Tash Sultana, Mia Wray, Jerome Farah and Lime Cordiale.
Another big name: Ben Lee [pictured] will play its pandemic hymn We are all together
Streaming performances will be provided by The Kid LAROI, Jimmy Barnes, Tina Arena, Dean Lewis, You Am I, Sam Fischer and Hayley Mary.
Gudinski Sr., who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, has died in Melbourne at the age of 68.
Shortly after his death, there was speculation that his son, Matt, the group’s executive director since 2013, would take the reins completely.
At the time, a spokesperson for Mushroom Group said there would be no comment yet on the future of the company, but confirmed Matt’s position at the time as executive director.
Mushroom Group is the largest independent music and entertainment company in Australia and New Zealand, and home to Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment, eight record labels and at least a dozen other specialty divisions.
Famous Friends: Gudinski Sr., who was widely regarded as “the father of the Australian music industry”, has died in Melbourne at the age of 68. Ed Sheeran and Kylie Minogue perform at Gudinski Memorial last month