By Annie Reuter

Trisha Yearwood fans have been waiting years for new music from the singer since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. In a new interview with Billboard, Yearwood opens up on what’s in store for her this year, including a solo tour which kicks off today (Feb. 19), time in the studio and hitting the road with her husband, Garth Brooks, in the fall.

“Next on my list is to really sit down and figure out which of these songs to keep,” she told Billboard. “There are a couple of things in there that really do stand out. My window is now probably between April and September to really get in and get it done. I don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like. I’m listening to a lot of songs right now and I’m really loving what I’m hearing.”

Yearwood explained how she started a record back in 2011, right before her mother got sick but put it aside to focus on her family. After her mother’s death on Oct. 1, 2011, she said she didn’t have any desire to finish it. While she has recorded six tracks, Yearwood said the album itself is disjointed because it has been done over the course of two and a half years. But, now she’s ready to get back into the studio.

She added: “I think I needed to take a break to be able to listen with fresh ears because I’m hearing some really great stuff. So I’m excited about going back in, but what I’ve learned is I really need to set aside a time to go, ‘This is the project and this getting is 100% of my attention’ rather than try to piece it in between everything else. That’s just not working well for me. I definitely feel like if I don’t get something done before I go on tour with Garth, I’d be trying to piece something together again and I just don’t want to be doing that. I want to have something new out for that tour. So that’s the plan.”

While she’s happy to get on the road for her solo tour, which runs through April, Yearwood is excited to spend time on the road with her husband this fall.

“This could be so awesome for us to get a chance to do what we love and be together,” she said. “We’re just so sappy. We don’t do well apart and so to be able to go play music and be together every night, in the same bed and to travel together, it’s going to be so awesome.”


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