Charley Pride Announces ‘Triumphant Return’ To Country Music

Charley Pride Announces ‘Triumphant Return’ To Country Music | Country Music Videos

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After more than 50 years as a recording artist, the legendary Charley Pride is making his return to country music with his first album in more than six years, set for a July 7 release.

Titled Music In My Heart, the album will take fans on a musical journey through traditional songs penned by Bill Anderson, Tommy Collins, Johnny Mathis, and Billy Yates. He will tell stories of his past, pay tribute to his old friend Merle Haggard, and reunite with the writer of “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”, Ben Peters.

It was fun getting back into the studio. My goal was to record the best traditional country album possible. But I also wanted someone else to handle all of the producer chores so that I could focus more on my singing,” Pride said in a press release on Thursday (April 27), announcing his “triumphant return“.

He began working on the album in the summer of 2016 with singer-songwriter Yates taking the helm as producer. 

Billy Yates and I started working together early last year. His self-produced albums show a strong respect for traditional country and he’s a good songwriter too. Finding the right songs took a while…but we did find some wonderful songs and I’m very happy with how everything sounds. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it,” he said in the press release.

In a Facebook post on April 21, Pride revealed that they have worked on two projects together, Music In My Heart, plus “another record that is going to include several special guests.”

Fun fact: Yates wrote “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and “Choices” for George Jones

In the press release announcing his new album, the Country Music Hall of Famer also revealed that he will be touring this summer, giving fans a chance to hear his new material live for the very first time.

Check out his tour dates below.

May 06 – Hinton, Okla. – Sugar Creek Casino
May 10 – Regina, SK, Canada – Conexus Arts Centre
May 11 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Club Regent Casino & Event Centre
May 14 – Kitchener, ON, Canada – Centre In The Square
May 15 – Kinston, ON, Canada- The Grand Theatre
May 17 – New Brunswick, NB, Canada – Casino New Brunswick
May 18 – Halifax, NS, Canada – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Jun. 03 – Marksville, La. – Paragon Casino
Jun. 08 – Nashville, Tenn. – Charley Pride Fanclub Breakfast
Jun. 09-10 – Nashville, Tenn. – Grand Ole Opry
Jul. 08 – Bossier City, La. – Riverdome At Horseshoe Casino
Aug. 26 – Enniskillen Airport, Northern Ireland – Harvest Country Music Festival
Aug. 27 – Westport House, County Mayo, Ireland – Harvest Country Music Festival
Sept. 10 – Lancaster, Pa. – American Music Theatre
Sept. 22 – Arlington, Texas – Arlington Music Hall
Sept. 23 – Crockett, Texas – Crockett Civic Center
Sept. 29 – Branson, Mo. – The Welk Resort Theatre
Oct. 21 – Shipshewana, Ind. – Blue Gate Theater
Oct. 28 – Wendover, Nev. – Peppermill Concert Hall
Nov. 03-04 – Lincoln City, Ore. – Chinook Winds Casino
Nov. 11 – Mescalero, N.M. – Inn of the Mountain Gods

Are y’all excited for Charley Pride’s return?! We sure are! Watch him perform “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” below.

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