Iconic country singer Connie Smith has announced her highly anticipated 54th album, The Cry of the Heart, will release on August 20 via Fat Possum. This marks the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s first release in a decade.
Known for the pain and heartache in her timeless country sound, The Cry of the Heart finds Smith collaborating on production for the third time with her husband and fellow Hall of Famer Marty Stuart.
Smith and Stuart contributed two original tracks written together as well, including “Here Comes My Baby Back Again” and weeper “Spare Me No Truth Tonight.” Other songs on the project include “I Don’t Believe Me Anymore” the 72nd song Smith has recorded written by Hall of Fame songwriter Dallas Frazier, and Merle Haggard’s “Jesus Takes a Hold,” which is a reflection of Smith’s faith in the midst of troubled times. Grammy award-winning producer and songwriter Carl Jackson pens “To Pieces” and “I’m Not Over You,” the latter composed with classic country singer Melba Montgomery.
“People ask me, ‘What is country music,’” says Smith. “I say, ‘To me, country music is the cry of the heart.’ We all have these experiences in our hearts and I’m trying to identify and communicate with people so they know they’re not alone.”
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