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Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White to Release Duets Album in September

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Ricky Skaggs and his wife, Sharon White, will release their album of duets, ‘Hearts Like Ours,’ this fall. Skaggs says the record, which was announced last year, shows their shared passion for music.

“It’s just really good stuff, and Sharon is just singing so good,” he boasts to Nashville’s Tennessean. “I really hear her heart in the music, and mine’s certainly there.”

‘Hearts Like Ours,’ the Kentucky native says, is indicative of where the happy couple is now, in both their personal and professional lives.

“I feel like we’re making great music still,” Skaggs notes. “We’re inspired. We’re encouraged. We’re excited about life. We’re excited about music. We’ve been married [almost] 33 years; there’s just a lot for us to celebrate right now.”

This isn’t the first time Skaggs and White have worked together. They previously won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award in 1987, for ‘Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This,’ but since she was with the Whites and he was a solo artist, it wasn’t possible to release a full project.

“We wanted so much to do a CD to follow up with that, but she was on Warner/Curb and I was on CBS, and they were arch rivals with each other, and so that just never happened,” Skaggs tells The Boot. “And so I think there was a lot of pain through all of that, with both of us. We were both disappointed.”

The 60-year-old, who has released more than 40 records since his debut album, ‘That’s It!’ was released in 1975, says he isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon.

“My future is to keep making music and to be creative,” he adds. “I feel like God created us to be creative. That’s just who we are as people. We shouldn’t be copies. We ought to be originals.”

‘Hearts Like Ours’ will be released on Sept. 30.

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