Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan to appear on Barbra Streisand duets album?

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is one of the most celebrated actresses and singers of our time and not exactly someone you would think of as hobnobbing with country singers. However, it sounds like that's just what she's been doing lately. 

A reader emailed me today and gave me an interesting tip. Seems Blake Shelton is set to appear on a new duets album Barbra Streisand is working on.

Hi. I really enjoy your site. I'm a Country Music fan, but also a Barbra Streisand fan. She's planning a duets album. Just found this:Lady Gaga, Beyonce, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and more are set to appear on Barbra Streisand's new duets album, according to record producer Walter Afanasieff.

The producer posted the news on his website, saying "Co-producing with Kenny "babyface" Edmonds the new Barbra Streisand duets album. Which will feature singers and musicians like Lionel Richie, Babyface, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Better Midler, Andrea Bocelli, Beyonce, Billy Joel, John Mayer…"

Blake?! Worlds collide! LOL! Wonder what they'll sing?

Worlds collide indeed. 

A link included in the email the tipster gave me was to Gigwise and the report mentions all of the above singers. Well that got me to thinking about a picture Luke Bryan had tweeted clear back in October that at the time gave no explanation other than saying "Pic of the week." The twitpic was a picture of Luke and Barbra Streisand. It was an odd picture, but with no explanation given I pretty much forgot about it … until now. 

Now the mystery picture seems to make sense and it sounds like Luke may also be featured on Barbra's upcoming duets album. What an honor if it is.

Unfortunately, Walter Afanasieff, the producer who broke this pretty exciting news, has now posted on his website an apology for mentioning the mystery project: My apologies for releasing information and photos of a project that is in the making and has not been finalized. I will keep you posted on the progress of this extraordinary Duets album when the time is right. Stay tuned- WA…

He doesn't say specifically that he's talking about the duets album, but I'm pretty sure he is.

So shhhh, it sounds like this is supposed to be a secret. Don't tell anyone I told you, k? 

[Hat tip to Tides24]