Ricky Skaggs and his wife, Sharon White, will release a duet album, Hearts Like Ours, on September 30. The album showcases the couple’s shared love of music.
“It’s just really good stuff, and Sharon is just singing so good,” Skaggs told The Tennessean. “I really hear her heart in the music, and mine’s certainly there. I feel like we’re making great music still. We’re inspired. We’re encouraged. We’re excited about life. We’re excited about music. We’ve been married almost 33 years; there’s just a lot for us to celebrate right now.”
Skaggs and White previously worked together for “Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This” which won them a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award in 1987. Since she was with The Whites and he was a solo artist on rival record labels, they couldn’t record a full project.
“We wanted so much to do a CD to follow up with that, but she was on Warner/Curb and I was on CBS, and they were archrivals with each other, and so that just never happened,” Skaggs told The Boot. “And so I think there was a lot of pain through all of that, with both of us. We were both disappointed.”
At 60 years old, Skaggs doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. “My future is to keep making music and to be creative,” he said. “I feel like God created us to be creative. That’s just who we are as people. We shouldn’t be copies. We ought to be originals.”