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A Pop Star And An Indie Folk Singer Intersect At 'Rose Ave.'

You+Me is the duo of Alecia Moore, better known as Pink, and Dallas Greene, who performs as City and Colour (Courtesy of the artist)

Pop star Pink is known for her tough-as-nails attitude, powerful voice, and infectious songs. But the woman born Alecia Moore has a soft side, and it can be heard in a new collaboration with City and Colour's Dallas Green.

Together, Green and Moore perform as You+Me. The duo first performed together years ago, when Green, out of the blue, invited Moore to join him on stage via text before one of his shows. The result is the new joint album Rose Ave, and Green and Moore joined NPR's Scott Simon to talk about it. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Pink is known for her hard - fill in the blank now - attitude, powerful voice and infectious songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SO WHAT")

ALECIA MOORE: (Singing) Na, na, na, na, na-na-na. I want to start a fight. So, so what? I'm still a rock star. I've got my rock moves...

SIMON: First, this is Pink's 2008 song "So What." But Pink, who was born with the name Alecia Moore, is now expressing a softer side. On a new album, she collaborates with a gentleman who goes by the name City and Colour, also known as Dallas Green. Now, we interviewed him last year, and together Alecia and Dallas sound like this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU AND ME")

DALLAS GREEN AND ALECIA MOORE: (Singing) You and me were always with each other before we knew the other was ever there. You and me, we belong together, just like a breath needs the air.

SIMON: Dallas Green and Alecia Moore are You+Me. Their debut album is "Rose Ave." They join us from the studios of NPR West. Thank you so much for being with us.

MOORE: Thank you. Thanks for having us.

DALLAS GREEN: Yes, thank you very much.

MOORE: I'm having a pinch-me moment. I can't believe this is actually happening.

SIMON: Being on NPR, or the album's out?

MOORE: Absolutely, being with you (laughter).

SIMON: Really? I'm having a pinch-me moment. I can't believe I'm talking to Pink.

GREEN: You should be very excited about it.

SIMON: Oh, wait. I'm excited to talk to you, too, Dallas Green. Don't get me wrong.

GREEN: Oh, we've talked before. It doesn't matter.

SIMON: What brings this collaboration together, which sounds terrific by the way?

MOORE: Thank you.

GREEN: I like to think that it's friendship. That's what I keep saying.

MOORE: Yeah, it's just - it's a wild idea we've had for years, and so we just decided to get together.

SIMON: Let's listen to another song, if we can - "Open Door."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OPEN DOOR")

GREEN AND MOORE: (Singing) I recall the time when you and I would talk a little more to each other face-to-face, through love and war.

SIMON: Forgive a tired cliche, but, boy, you two make beautiful music together. When did you know this, I mean, from the moment you said hello to each other? You said, wait a minute, the way you say hello (laughter), I bet we could make beautiful music.

MOORE: Yeah, it was like, (singing) hello, hello, hello.

GREEN: Yeah, years ago, I played a show in Los Angeles, and Alecia came to the show. And on her way to the show, I texted her and was like, hey, do you want to sing in a song with me? And she was like, OK. So she got to the show, and we just went over version of one my songs in the bathroom. And then she came up and sang it with me live - and that moment where we both sang together for the first time in front of people.

SIMON: This wasn't a public restroom, was it? This was something backstage.

GREEN: No, this was the bathroom backstage where, you know, we were trying to find one quiet place back there before we went out and sang the song.

SIMON: I'm just imagining someone coming in and saying, you wouldn't believe what I just saw back there.

(LAUGHTER)

GREEN: Yeah.

MOORE: You're not in the girls' room. Get out.

SIMON: (Laughter) Yeah.

GREEN: But, yeah, we sing together that night, and it worked really well.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OPEN DOOR")

GREEN AND MOORE: Dear mother, I hope you understand me when you hear this song 'cause you taught me how to be right in a world gone wrong, gone wrong.

SIMON: Let's hear another one, if we could - "From A Closet In Norway."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM A CLOSET IN NORWAY")

MOORE: (Singing) I would rather be any place but here.

GREEN AND MOORE: (Singing) Spin the bottle and roll the dice, my dear.

MOORE: (Singing) 'Cause I can't care.

GREEN AND MOORE: (Singing) I can't seem to break my fall.

SIMON: What a beautiful song.

GREEN: Thanks.

SIMON: And that's you hitting the high notes, Dallas Green, isn't it?

GREEN: Yeah.

MOORE: Yes, it is.

GREEN: Yeah, I think that's one of my favorite parts. We such high and low range together that there was never a struggle or a battle over who was going to sing what. It was just whatever felt right.

MOORE: I like when you listen to the record in full. From start to finish, each song has a different - it's not just two harmonies following each other the entire record. It's - each song has its - a different personality and a different - now it's my turn; OK, it's your turn...

GREEN: Yeah.

MOORE: ...Now it'll be my turn. And that wasn't planned, but it did work out that way. And it's fun also to try listen, like, who is that?

GREEN: Yeah, I've...

MOORE: Whose part is that?

GREEN: I was having a - I was doing that the other day listening to the songs. I was like, is that me singing, or is that her? Which part - we're going to have to have a talk about it.

MOORE: 'Cause you want to switch.

GREEN: Yeah.

MOORE: I know what song you want to switch (laughter).

GREEN: I know. Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM A CLOSET IN NORWAY")

GREEN AND MOORE: (Singing) Seems the dying are the only ones that really know how to live. It seems the dying are the only ones that really know how to live.

SIMON: Alecia Moore, your father was a guitarist.

MOORE: He was. He is. My dad's a Vietnam vet, good old boy who can, you know, sing. (Singing) Big girls don't cry, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye.

You know, he's another man that can sing high. And we grew up singing that way. So, yeah, he's fun. He's fun to get down with. He likes all the good old music.

SIMON: And when did you first know maybe that you wouldn't be Pink, but that you could do this, you could have a life in music?

MOORE: I don't think I talked before the age of 8. I sang my sentences to the huge annoyance of my brother and family. There was never another idea in my head. I was always going to do this. People thought I was insane. But I always joke and say I signed up for this life before I got here because how can a little girl from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, be so sure when no one around her is doing that? Certain people just know what their life purpose is at a very young age, and I just knew.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UNBELIEVER")

GREEN AND MOORE: (Singing) I've been wandering through this dead city with the devil's voice inside my head.

SIMON: It's been delightful to speak with both of you. Thanks very much.

MOORE: Thank you.

GREEN: Thank you.

SIMON: For this, and for speaking with us. Dallas Green and Alecia Moore, who has another professional name. You+Me, their debut album is "Rose Avenue." Thanks so much for being with us.

MOORE: Thank you.

GREEN: Thank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UNBELIEVER")

GREEN AND MOORE: (Singing) But I keep hanging on. I keep hanging on and on. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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