EW premieres a new track off the acclaimed actress' first set of original songs.

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Rita Wilson will release her first album of original songs March 11, and ahead of its debut, EW is excited to premiere “Talking To Me,” a warm, strummy tune off Rita Wilson.

The acclaimed actress began writing the album in 2013 after encouragement from Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi with whom she wrote her first song “Grateful,” which appears as the album’s closer. She soon partnered with other famed writers like Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Nathan Chapman, and Babyface to flesh out a full collection.

Wilson worked on “Talking To Me” with Mikal Blue, Lauren Christy and Johan Lindbrandt early on in the process. “I saw a theme emerging and I felt like wow all these songs are really personal and need to be coming together into something that looks like an album,” Wilson told EW in a recent interview. “That scared me because I was like, ‘Oh I guess I’m doing this!'”

Featuring lyrics like “You can lay it on me, I’ll carry your burden for free/ All the hard stuff, take the weight off,” “Talking To Me” is emblematic of Wilson’s feel-good collection. Hear the premiere below.

Rita Wilson, out March 11, is Wilson’s second album, following AM/FM, a set of covers released in 2012. For more on Wilson, pick up Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.