ANDERSON, Ind. — God was the driving force behind Doug Anderson’s new solo project and now he’s about to share it with the world.
The Lapel native’s sophomore solo album “Drive” is set to debut Jan. 21.
Anderson said the album is more mainstream country than his fans may be used to, but his faith is still deeply rooted in the songs.
“I’m at this point in my life where I’m finally happy with just myself and I’m going to move over and let God drive me wherever,” he said.
That’s how he came up with the title song “Drive,” he said.
The 11 tracks on the album will show fans a side of Anderson they may not have seen before. Anderson said some of the songs are tearjerkers, but most of them are upbeat.
There is so much “junk and despair” in the world so he wanted to create and album that is fun and builds people up.
After a year of working on “Drive,” Anderson said he made an album he hopes speaks to others and that he loves.
“I’m so critical of myself and I really enjoy this one,” he said.
The songs could easily be played on contemporary, gospel or country radio, he said. The first single is called “Love With Open Arms.”
Anderson said he’s always taken his career as it comes. So far that’s included working with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound and winning a GMA Dove Award.
“I’ve never been concerned with being a superstar, fame or fortune,” he said. “I’ve been concerned about my family. This is what I love and I’ve always just wanted to do what I love doing.”
Anderson will travel to Hershey, Pa., for a “Drive” promotional appearance Jan. 20, but he’ll be back in Lapel the day his CD debuts.
As much as he travels and performs, Anderson says he’s still a hometown boy who loves small-town life.
“We don’t live in Nashville, (Tenn.),” he said. “Everyone wonders why we don’t and it’s because we love this place. There’s something about coming back to the people who have helped me along the way.”
The crooner plans on streaming an acoustic performance on dougandersonmusic.com the night of the album’s release.
“Drive” can be purchased on iTunes or at retailers like Target and Wal-Mart on Jan. 21.
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