Rising pop singer Ashe has enlisted Niall Horan for a new version of her hit single, “Moral of the Story.”
Horan tweeted the news and single cover on Tuesday, exciting many fans. The new version includes a re-written second verse by the former One Direction member, which gives the song a male perspective on a breakup.
“It’s not funny how it changes / Ended up like strangers / We burned down a paper house / Talking with your father / He said that you could be mine / But some people fall in love / With the wrong people sometimes,” he sings over gentle piano keys.
Ashe and Horan met through a mutual friend and co-worker in the music industry and hit it off almost instantly, according to a press release.
“He’s absurdly talented. It feels like he was in the room the day we wrote it, as if he had been there all along and I just didn’t know it,” Ashe said of Horan in a statement. “This is the most personal song I’ve ever written/released and I needed to know Niall was going to treat it with the same vulnerability and care. He absolutely exceeded those expectations.”
“From the minute Ashe got in touch and I heard this song, I loved it so much. From the chord choices to the natural storytelling melodies that she possesses, it was a no brainer that I was going to be a part of it,” Horan said. “We sat on FaceTime for ages chatting, writing different parts and having a laugh. Ashe is a legendddddd. She’s insanely talented and I’m proud to say she’s now my friend.”
Prior to this release, Ashe put out two EPs: Moral of the Story: Chapter 1 and Moral of the Story: Chapter 2. Earlier this year, she also shared a live version of the title track. On the other hand, Horan dropped his sophomore solo album Heartbreak Weather in March, which included the lead single, “Nice to Meet Ya.”
Listen to the remake of “Moral of the Story” below: