|Single by Steve Winwood|
|from the album Back in the High Life|
|B-side||"And I Go"|
|Released||20 June 1986|
4:14 (Single Version)
|Label||Island – IS 288|
|Steve Winwood singles chronology|
"Higher Love" is a 1986 song by English singer Steve Winwood.It was the first single released from his fourth solo LP, Back in the High Life . It was written by Winwood and Will Jennings, and produced by Russ Titelman and Winwood. The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.
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