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Sylvia offers taste of new album

Sylvia Hutton, pop-country singer best known for her 1982 hit “Nobody,” gave us a taste of her new album, Sylvia – It’s All in the Family, at a recent album preview event. Her first album release in 14 years, the project is like a walk down memory lane for both the singer and listeners.

The cover art for Sylvia's new project, Sylvia - All in the Family, her first album release in 14 years. PHOTO COURTESY OF SYLVIA

The cover art for Sylvia’s new project, Sylvia – All in the Family, her first album release in 14 years. PHOTO COURTESY OF SYLVIA

She kicked off the show with the signature hit, which earned her a Grammy nomination and ACM Award in the early ‘80s. She then followed it up with a track from the new album titled “Somebody’s Daughter” that according to the singer is about “putting tenderness in all that you do” and treating everyone you meet with respect.

Sylvia describes the album-making as a fluid process, saying it was created “in the moment” without any planning, recording the songs as they came to her and aiming to tell a bigger story through the individual tracks. She also revealed that she and frequent songwriting collaborator Thom Schuyler, who co-wrote four of the album’s tracks and was instrumental in launching Martina McBride and Sara Evans’ careers, “lived with the melody for a while” on the songs, adding that she had images of family and ancestry in mind, something she has become fascinated with as of late.

She closed the show with the fitting “All in the Family,” saying how the many elements that encompass a family are “not all blues skies and rainbows,” but rather the tough experiences as well.

She told us before the show that just one of the elements that makes this album so special is that it features her grandfather’s antique banjo and fiddle, the latter of which dates back to the 1880s.

For more information on It’s All in the Family and to order the new CD, visit Sylvia’s official website.