James Taylor‘s first album of new material in 13 years is almost here.
Today (April 7), the singer-songwriter announced new album Before This World, due out in June.
Before This World will become Taylor’s first record since 2002’s October Road and features 10 songs, including nine original compositions plus the folk tune “Wild Mountain Thyme.”
The album, recorded at Taylor’s Massachusetts studio, features contributions from Yo-Yo Ma and Sting—the former playing cello on “You and I Again” while the former Police frontman provides vocals for the title track.
“My sort of self-expression and the autobiographical aspect of my work is a thru-line that links all my albums together,” Taylor said in a press statement. “I think I have grown musically, and I think people can hear it in what I played in ’68, and you can hear it in what I’m singing about now. It is ongoing, it’s still me, but it’s still evolving.