After a two-year hiatus from recording, country star Vince Gill plans to release a new MCA Nashville album later this year. Gill performed several times last week at Fan Fair in Nashville, and the mul

After a two-year hiatus from recording, country star Vince Gill plans to release a new MCA Nashville album later this year. Gill performed several times last week at Fan Fair in Nashville, and the multi-Grammy winner said he's eager for his new material to be heard.

"I'm finishing up a record now, and we're still trying to figure out a good time to get it out there, promote it and get it released and all that," he said, adding that a fall release was likely. "It's done for the most part. I'm just anxious to hear people respond to some new songs," he said.

Gill's last album was 2000's "Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye," which debuted at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 and No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. It has sold 296,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Gill said he's kept his musical chops by playing frequent live gigs and playing as a guest on other artists' albums, such as Tommy Shane Steiner's hit "What if She's an Angel." "I sang on that, what's his name, Tommy Steiner," he joked. "I sang on his hit, a couple other folks' records here and there. I love doing that as much as always."

The artist recently co-produced "Legacy ... Hymns & Faith," the latest A&M/Word album from his wife, singer Amy Grant. The pair will perform together July 12 as part of NBC's "Today" show concert series.


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