On June 22 1996, Billboard magazine revealed details for the benefit album, Sweet Relief II: Gravity Of The Situation – The Songs Of Vic Chesnutt. The benefit album featured Madonna’s duet with her brother-in-law, Joe Henry, titled Guilty By Association.
While Madonna & Henry would later collaborate on her songs Don’t Tell Me, Jump, The Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You and Falling Free, their duet for Sweet Relief II marked their first professional collaboration.
Their personal connection goes back much further, however. Henry and Madonna first became acquainted as students of Rochester Adams High School in Michigan, where they were members of the school’s Thespian Society. Henry eventually married Madonna’s sister, Melanie, and has earned critical acclaim as a successful singer/songwriter.
Ironically, Madonna herself has rarely performed the song live. It had only a single live vocal performance at the American Music Awards in 1995, a handful of mimed television performances during the same period, and was not performed on tour until being added on select dates towards the end of the Rebel Heart Tour.