The past year has been very busy for Eric Church. It was a year he celebrated a No. 1 single, “Springsteen”, headlined a sell-out tour, and welcomed a new baby into the Church family (Oct. 3, 2011). Now Eric said he’s going to take a little break from all that work. From the time he first signed with Capitol Records, we got to hear him on the radio a lot. (“Love Your Love the Most,” “Two Pink Lines,” “Guys Like Me). But it wasn’t until he the release of his album “Chief,” (which became his first No. 1 album in 2011), that Eric’s career really seemed to take off. Now, it seems, Eric is ready for a little break.
“I’m going to be out of the spotlight next year, really,” Church tells Billboard of his planned hiatus. “I want to see if I can write some songs and see where we can go, musically. I’m looking forward to that. I really want to see where this thing goes.”
As far as his next studio effort is concerned, the singer warns fans that there is no specific timeline for new music. “I’m not anywhere close to a next album,” says the ‘Creepin’ singer, who told Taste of Country earlier this summer that a new record was the “last thing” on his mind. “I’m not in a hurry. I’m never in a hurry to make records, never will be.”
“I’m waiting on the creative process to tell me what’s next. I’m not going to be an artist who just makes records so the (label) can make its quarterly numbers or just to support a tour,” adds Church. “That’s the worst reason in the world to make music. I still think there has to be evolution… and it would be very disappointing for us to come to the point we’ve come to and not have that next record show great evolution, because I think the best bands and best artists do that.” [Source]
Eric still has a lot to do between now and the end of 2012, with about 40 shows remaining on his schedule. I think it will be nice for him to sit back, enjoy his family, and have a little time to rest before he starts back with more music, more shows, and even more fans. It worked for Kenny, who recently took a year off from touring then came back to record breaking stadium shows, and I’m sure Eric will find the same success in his future.