The Voice season 9 winner Jordan Smith did say things were going to move “very quickly” in terms of putting together his debut album, and since taking home the crown for Team Adam on Dec. 16, he’s already started working on new material.
“I’m in the studio now,” the newly engaged 22-year-old told EW at Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards. “[I’ve] been there a couple days, working with David Foster.”
Just a college student living in Tennessee before The Voice, Smith feels honored to be collaborating with the 16-time Grammy-winning producer who’s assisted Whitney Houston, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Barbara Streisand, and so many more.
“It’s an absolute dream to work with him. He’s an absolute legend,” Smith gushed. “He’s such a genius and it’s an honor to work with him. He’s incredible.”
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As for exactly what type of music they’re working on together, the Kentucky native said fans can expect a “diverse album.” “It’s going to be inspiring,” he explained. “I want it to lift people and make people feel hopeful or be something that someone can relate to, so I’m really excited to keep moving forward and really discover what that sound is.”
Smith debuted his sound at Wednesday night’s ceremony with a performance of “You Are So Beautiful,” accompanied by Wallace.
“[It’s] a little sample of what to expect on the album,” he said. “And then hopefully this spring you’ll be able to hear some more of it.”
Reporting by C. Molly Smith