K.T. Oslin Will Release New Album Next Year

The unsinkable K.T. Oslin is back. Raul Malo, lead singer of the Mavericks, has produced a new album for the country diva on BMG-owned BNA Records. A spokesman for BNA says the first single from the album, “Live Close By (And Visit Often),” will probably be released in February, while the album itself, still untitled, is tentatively set to debut in May.

Oslin was 46 years old when she scored her first No. 1 country hit, “Do Ya,” in 1987. She went on to rack up three more No. 1s, plus three Grammys, CMA awards for Female Vocalist of the Year (1988) and Song of the Year (“80’s Ladies,” 1988) and ACM kudos for Best New Female Vocalist (1987), Music Video (“80’s Ladies,” 1987), Female Vocalist (1988) and Album of the Year (This Woman, 1988).

In 1993, Oslin appeared in The Thing Called Love, Peter Bogdanovich’s movie about the Nashville country music scene. She underwent triple-bypass heart surgery in 1995. Her last studio album, My Roots Are Showing, came out in 1996. It yielded one chart single, “Silver Tongue and Gold Plated Lies.”

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.