One of the legends of country music, Charley Pride, has been in the music industry for more than five decades. He won three Grammy awards and everybody knows that he is a Hall of Famer. That’s the reason why it is very meaningful when he says that his recent album is his ‘finest.’ His album ‘Music In My Heart’ was released last month and it is his first studio album since 2011’s Choices.
“It feels good, and especially because of this album,” says Pride, “This is one of the finest albums I’ve ever made. I’m not just saying that to be saying that, and I’m not the only one saying that either.”
Pride’s latest album is his return to the traditional country sound. The Grand Ole Opry singer also said that the album received a warm reception.
“People that have been following me all these years think it is one of the finest things I’ve done in my whole career,” Pride says. “My fans think it is the best thing I’ve done, even going back to when I first started. People that have been following me all these years think it is one of the finest things I’ve done in my whole career.”
Pride said that Music City Records, a Nashville-based record label that has released his music since 2001, approached him to make the new record.
“My label asked me if I would do some new material because they loved what they’ve gotten all these years,” Pride says. “They said, ‘We would like some new material,’ so after six years, I said, ‘to which I don’t plan on waiting too much longer.’”
The album was produced by Billy Yates, the country singer-songwriter and performer from Missouri who co-wrote hit songs such as “Choices” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” for George Jones. Although Pride provides guitar and vocals, the record’s 13 original tracks were written by some of country music’s biggest legends, including Johnny “Country” Mathis, “Whisperin” Bill Anderson, Ben Peters, Tommy Collins and Yates.
Pride’s latest album also features a few familiar classics played with his favor. It include a rebooted version of Merle Haggard’s 1978 song “The Way It was in ‘51” and Tommy Collins’ “New Patches.”
“Those were some of the songs that were sent to me by the recording company, so that’s where we got all of the material from,” Pride says. “We got together and this is what we made. It was really fine. Most anybody who hears it just loves it.”
Pride has been a Texan since 1969, and he says he plans on recording more new music in Dallas starting next year.
“We’re trying to put together somewhat of like a duet album with some of my best friends and people that want to do it with me,” Pride says. “It might not come out next year, but it will be less than six years.”
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