Eric Church has a triple whammy coming this spring: He’s releasing three albums as part of his Heart & Soul collection in April.
He addressed his fans in a short video Thursday (Jan. 21) and announced he wrote and recorded the project during 28 days he spent in the mountains of North Carolina. The middle album, &, is available exclusively to the Church Choir fan club on April 20, only as a vinyl record. The first and last LPs, Heart and Soul, will be released April 16 and April 23, respectively. Fan club members will also have access to exclusive white vinyl versions of Heart and Soul.
“I’ve always been intrigued when a song is born in a writer room — there is a magic that happens there,” Church said in a statement. “I wanted to put that in the studio form. So, every day, we would write a song in the morning and we would record the song that night. Doing it that way allowed for the songwriters to get involved in the studio process and the musicians to be involved in the creative process. You felt a little bit like you were secretly doing something that was special, and you knew it…. You started going, ‘Hmm, wait ’til the world finds out about this.’”
Each album contains eight songs for the 24-song compilation that Church cranked out with his producer Jay Joyce and backing vocalist Joanna Cotten.
“The interesting thing about this process is that Jay kept asking me the last three or four days, ‘Are we done?’ And at that time I didn’t know what the project was,” added Church. “I kept saying ‘God, this is going to be really hard. There’s a lot here. Is this a double album? And if it’s a double album, how do we leave out these five or six songs?’ I am the hardest critic on making sure every song deserves to be on the record, and I beat this thing to death going, ‘This can’t be that good.’ But, it was just a special, special time and a special, special project that I think will be among our best.”
Fan club pre-orders for the albums will begin Jan. 28, while pre-orders for the general public will start on Jan. 29.
Watch Church’s announcement below.