GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Willie Nelson
GRAMMY-winning country icon Willie Nelson will release his new studio album, Let's Face The Music And Dance, on April 16. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the piano-driven pop standard "You'll Never Know."
Released in conjunction with Nelson's upcoming 80th birthday on April 29 and his distinction as Legacy Recordings' April Artist of the Month, Let's Face The Music And Dance is a collection of 20th century pop, rock, jazz, and country standards. Recorded with Willie And The Family Band, which Nelson originally formed with his sister Bobbie Nelson in 1973, the album features 14 tracks, including "You'll Never Know," penned by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren; the title track, penned by Irving Berlin; "Nuages," written by Django Reinhardt; and Nelson's own "Is The Better Part Over." The album is the follow-up to 2012's Heroes, which features Nelson covering rock-oriented songs by artists such as Coldplay, Eddie Vedder and Tom Waits.
With a career spanning more than five decades, Texas native Nelson has released 15 albums to peak in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200, including Heroes, which peaked at No. 18. Nelson has garnered 48 GRAMMY nominations and seven wins to date. His first GRAMMY came in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." His most recent GRAMMY win came in 2007 for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Lost Highway" with Ray Price. Nelson has four recordings that have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including "Always On My Mind" and "On The Road Again," which were inducted in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.
Nelson is currently on a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through August.