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Watch Kacey Musgraves Teach Katy Perry to Play ‘Follow Your Arrow’

Country star and former tour mate was one of Perry’s special guests during weekend live-streaming event

On Friday, June 9th, global pop superstar Katy Perry released her latest album, Witness. Since that day, Perry has been holed up in a Big Brother-like house with 41 cameras tracking her every move, hosting a streaming event in conjunction with YouTube called Witness World Wide, where she has gone about her daily routine (watch Katy eat, sleep and play with her dogs, Muffin and Nugget) and welcomed several special guests (watch Katy do yoga with actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, play “Truth or Dare” with late-night TV host James Corden, talk science with Neil deGrasse Tyson and host a dinner party with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins). Perry, who, as teenager Katy Hudson, recorded demos in Nashville, also dished up some sweet three-part harmony with singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and musician David Francisco on the 2013 hit, “Follow Your Arrow.” Watch the clip above.

On Sunday, Perry and Musgraves teamed for an intimate instructional session on how to play “Arrow,” mapping out the chord changes with Francisco, who gave a special shout-out to MusiCares, the Recording Academy (Grammys) organization that helps musicians in need. In the clip, Musgraves explains that the idea for the CMA award-winning song, penned with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, came from “encouraging a soul of some kind to live the kind of life they want to live.” Perry and Musgraves previously performed it together on an episode of CMT Crossroads in 2014, where the pair talked about how Musgraves offered the song to Perry to record and she turned it down, telling the country star she needed to keep it for herself. That same year, Musgraves was an opening act on Perry’s Prismatic World Tour.

Perry’s Witness World Wide event also included an intense therapy session where she addressed suicidal thoughts and her struggles with alcohol, and in a conversation with Arianna Huffington for the Thrive Global podcast, Perry also opened up about her long-running feud with fellow musician Taylor Swift, saying, “I am ready to let it go. I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her.” She also added, “I love her, and I want the best for her.” In a not-so-subtle move, Swift returned all of her music to streaming services on Thursday at midnight, just as Perry’s LP was being released.

Perry will conclude the live-streaming event with a concert on Monday. Kacey Musgraves, meanwhile, will be opening for One Direction’s Harry Styles on his 2018 tour of the U.S. and Canada.

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