Working on his most recent album "Set You Free" proved to be quite an enlightening and emotional experience for country hit maker Gary Allan.
"I wanted to write a hopeful album," said Allan, during a recent telephone interview. The musician said he likes "the heartache songs" but with "Set You Free," he works through past obstacles and negativity and gets to a "personal space" in which there is healing.
The album, released in January of this year, is his ninth studio work, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It features a strong selection of tunes done in the unmistakable Allan style with strong images and poignant feelings throughout.
Fans will hear a good selection of the new tunes as well as signature favorites when Allan brings his show to The Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. on Sept. 20.
"I just switched it all up," Allan said about his current tour. "I'll be including songs from the new album and doing songs back to 1995."
Allan said "Set You Free" features tunes he's written solo and others co-written with both men and women. It's also the first time he's written with females. (Three different producers also worked on the album).
"I really like writing with other people," he said, adding he only writes with his friends. Allan's female writing partners on "Set You Free" were Hillary Lindsey, Sarah Buxton and Rachel Proctor.
"If you write with someone you don't know there's that whole getting to know you period," he said.
In dealing with various struggles throughout his life, whether it be with relationships, health issues, business and other problems, Allan has long worked out the issues through his music. Prior to the recording of the latest album, Allan had surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. "Set You Free" was his first major work since that surgery.
Music and songwriting, Allan believes, is "the absolute best therapy...It uncovers every emotion and brings (on) the healing process."
Allan said he's happy about the great reception the latest album has received. The first single from the album, which was "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" hit No. 1 quickly and garnered download sales of more than 500,000.
FYI: Gary Allan will perform at 9 p.m. Eastern at Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. Tickets range from $65 to $125. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.