Trisha Yearwood released her new album today, Let’s Be Frank—a collection of the singer’s favorite songs by Frank Sinatra. This notably marks her first full-length solo record since 2007’s critically acclaimed Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love and first new music since the 2016 chart-topping duets album, Christmas Together, with Garth Brooks.
Representing a full circle moment for the artist, Yearwood pays homage to one of her most formative influences. Joined by iconic producer Don Was and award winning engineer Al Schmitt, she selected some favorite Sinatra staples and cut them in just four days at Capitol Records in Hollywood. With backing from a 55-piece orchestra, she sang into the Chairman of the Board’s microphone, breathing new life into one of the most celebrated catalogs in history.
About the project, she comments, “It really was the experience of a lifetime. I’ve been wanting to do this record for about twenty years, but the time was never right. I met with Don and Al, and the stars aligned last summer. I’ve made a lot of records and I’ve had a lot of fun, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had more fun than I did on Let’s Be Frank.”
In addition to classics such as “Come Fly With Me” and “Over The Rainbow,” Yearwood taps into the jazz-y soul of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” with a dynamic and definitive performance. Speaking to the spirit of the era, she also contributes a show-stopping original to this collection.
Co-written with husband Garth Brooks, “For The Last Time” feels as if it could’ve been born amidst the fifties golden age. A tender ballad upheld by cinematic strings and soft piano, she croons with conviction and charisma, “Now for the first time, I’m in love for the last time.” It sets the stage for more new material to come in 2019.
To celebrate the release, Yearwood was joined by Was and Schmitt for an intimate discussion on the making of the new album, which was followed by a special performance at the Grammy Museum on January 8th. She also performed Live from the Rainbow Room for a special Valentine’s Day event on February 14th.