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The album that's been three years in the making is one of the "Blue" singer's most diverse pieces of work to date, and it's coming out at a pivotal time in LeAnn's life (it dropped September 16) — the 25th anniversary of her career AND right at the cusp of her 40th birthday.
Country Living caught up with the Grammy-winning songwriter to chat about the creative process behind god's work, what fans can expect from the album's transparency and of course, the life lessons she's learned along the way.
The creation of god's work came to fruition during the pandemic, a moment when we all had some extra time to sit with our thoughts and emotions. "I write to figure out how I feel about certain things. Not until I write the song do I realize the deeper levels of what I'm feeling about a certain topic," LeAnn admits.
Full of powerful messages and the exploration of human emotion from fear and rage to joy and hope, LeAnn revealed, "As I explored all of these different facets of myself, I got to ask some pretty deep questions about my own upbringing, you know, the way we've been programmed as a society. I think really this album is full of unanswered questions."
With a dynamic lineup of featured artists like, Mickey Guyton, Aloe Blacc, Ziggy Marley (yes, Bob Marley's son!), Ben Harper, and Ledisi, the 12-track record bends genres unlike previous albums in LeAnn's long career. Fans have already been able to enjoy tracks including "the wild," "throw my arms around the world," and "the only" that were previously released throughout the year.
And for those "Blue" fans wondering if LeAnn's signature yodel makes it, the answer is yes. "I get that yodel in there somewhere on every album in any way, shape, or form," LeAnn joked.
After all, it was that signature sound from a 13-year-old LeAnn that captured people's attention. With over two decades of experience under her belt, she's made it a point to expand her level of vulnerability.
"I care less about what other people say and more about how something feels to me," the singer admitted proudly. After spending her thirties "listening to [her] inner voice" and "learning how to untangle from the outside noise," she had this to say about another milestone — her 40th birthday:
"They always say, like, when you turn 40, especially for women that you just don't give a shit anymore, and I'm totally okay with that in the best of ways [especially] about other people's opinions."
LeAnn went on to explain how her life in the spotlight has taught her that people respond more to being your authentic self rather than second guessing your instinct. "It took me getting to a certain place in life to be able to explore some of these deeper, darker crevices that sometimes we aren't immediately drawn to."
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