Neal McCoy Releasing First Album in Five Years

Neal McCoy will return after a five year-hiatus with his new album, XII, on March 6, 2012.

Produced by CMA's reigning Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and renowned guitar-slinger, Brent Rowan, this Blaster Records' debut is McCoy's 12th studio album.

McCoy's upcoming television appearances include a satellite media tour in New York, and segments on "Hannity," "Huckabee," "411 Live," and "Better TV," to name a few. Plus, McCoy returns to host GAC's highly-rated, Top 50 Videos of the 2000s, debuting February 20, 2012.

"Neal is not only a friend of mine, but my hero," commented Blake Shelton about working with McCoy on XII. "Our first priority with this album was that Neal only cut songs that he truly loved and was excited about. That was very important to us." Miranda Lambert added, "It was a blast seeing Neal and Blake together…had the place laughing all the time. I think fans will hear three different artists coming together on this album with their individual takes on the music."

Some of Nashville's best writers—including Tom Douglas, Rivers Rutherford, Jamey Johnson, Allen Shamblin, Rhett Akins, and newcomers Luke Laird, Brett Eldredge, Geroge Terren and Barry Dean, came forward to contribute their very best songs. The end result from the 'consummate live performer' is a new collection that offers a little something for every listener. From the bouncy, bright, feel good single, "A-OK," (featuring Lambert and Shelton on background vocals), to the infectious bar-room, toe-tapper, "Shotgun Rider," to the engaging ballad, "Judge a Man by the Woman," and classic, "Van Gogh," the project is chock full of good music.

"It's like my shows, a little bit of everything that makes music special," said McCoy. "XII has a little bit of church, a little bit of bar-room, a couple ballads that'll encourage, and a real Texas thing about finding your groove in the midst of heartbreak with a cold beer and a good jukebox." Blake and Miranda had definite ideas about what this should be – you almost couldn't hold 'em back."

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