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Eric Church invites homeless man to sing on new record

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While the release date isn't until February, Eric Church gave music industry insiders a preview of his forthcoming album, "The Outsiders." Track by track, Eric and his award-winning producer Jay Joyce offered details about the follow-up to the Grammy-nominated "Chief."

Eric and his band chose to record the album inside an old church and designed the space to fit all of their recording equipment.

“My producer bought a church, and in order to buy the church, he had to become an ordained minister. If you know him, that’s it’s own joke. That is the punch line. But it was a great vibe. These buildings were designed for their sound. From the outside, it still looks like a church," Eric reports to Country Countdown USA host Lon Helton.

According to Eric there were Nashville residents who were not aware of the building's conversion.

"One day, a homeless guy walked in, still thinking it was a church. We were working on a song, and he just stood off to the side. We noticed him standing there and asked, ‘Can you sing?’ So I think we have a homeless guy doing background vocals,” Eric admitted to Lon Helton.

Eric's fourth studio release, "The Outsiders" will be released on February 11, 2014. A headlining tour is expected to be announced in January. Find previously announced tour dates here.

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