Richie Sambora and Orianthi will release an album later this year, and the album will include a handful of country songs. Orianthi revealed this to Rolling Stone Country on Tuesday evening, saying, “I’m a big country fan. One of the first country artists I got to work with was Carrie Underwood at the Grammy Awards. The great thing about country songs is the storytelling. They’re really moving and well-crafted, and that’s something Richie and I wanted to explore.”
She and the former Bon Jovi guitarist have been a couple since late 2013, when they met at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by Alice Cooper. Their album was produced by Bob Rock, who produced Bon Jovi albums such as Slippery When Wet and Keep the Faith. The music was recorded at locations including Vancouver, the couple’s own home, the Capitol Records building and Steven Tyler’s beachside residence in Hawaii.
“There are songs where I’m just singing and he’s backing me up, and songs where we’re singing together,” Orianthi adds. “It really takes you on a journey, and there’s a great blend to our voices.”
The album does not yet have a release date, but Orianthi says that the first single could arrive as early as next month.