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Lee Ann Womack signs with Sugar Hill; album to come in the fall

Lee Ann Womack poses for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift Presented By McDonald's McCafe on January 22, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
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The lovely songbird Lee Ann Womack has been on the outside looking in, having parted ways with MCA Nashville in 2012. Since then, she has been courted by numerous labels, eager to sign the singer to a lucrative deal. Well, she has finally landed in the hands of Sugar Hill Records, with an anticipated album release date in September, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The lead single is set for this summer.

“I was looking for the right home for this record,” she says in the official statement on Wednesday (April 9). “I knew I wanted a label where passion for music and artistic integrity drive the decision-making. Beyond the incredible work Sugar Hill has done with Nickel Creek, Sarah Jaroszand Bryan Sutton, they have a broader way of looking at where music can go and why it matters – and for this very personal record, it seemed like the perfect fit.”

The project, the followup to 2008's "Call Me Crazy," is produced by her husband Frank Liddell (Pistol Annies, David Nail, Miranda Lambert). On their collaboration, he says, “Lee Ann and I always thought one day we’d work together. My wife is one of the greatest country singers ever, but she’s also a vocalist who bring things out of songs you never realized was there."

He adds, "It’s unusual for the musicians to not just want, but to shape their performances to the vocalist during tracking, but for this project... That’s just what some of the best players in the world did. To have a singer who can get on the floor with the players and function as an equal with the musicians, it was an amazing thing to see. Watching what happened during these sessions was one of those moments when you realize what music really can contain.”

Womack's fine vocals of delivered some of the most groundbreaking songs to-date, contributing significantly to the country music genre. Her most well-known hits include "The Fool," "I Hope You Dance," "You've Got To Talk To Me," "A Little Past Little Rock," "I'll Think Of A Reason Later" and "Time For Me To Go," among others.

The singer-songwriter first impressed with her self-titled release in 1997, resulting in further releases the coming years, from 1998's "Some Things I Know," "I Hope You Dance" (2000) and "Something Worth Leaving Behind" (2002). The critically heralded "There's More Where That Came From" followed in 2005, a set that borrows from the early '70s style of Dolly Parton and Barbara Mandrell.

Womack can next be seen as part of the All 4 The Hall Benefit in downtown Nashville on May 6 and will perform with Buddy Miller. The concert makes a point of demonstrating the storytelling power of country music, as each performer will sing a song they've written or recorded or even a classic. She joins Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap on the roster.

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