ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been eight years since Randy Houser’s debut album back in 2008.
In that time, Houser has become known for his passion and power with every live performance.
“I can’t hold back,” he says. “I close my eyes and sing like I’m in my bedroom and no one’s watching. I sing it like God is coming out of me.”
The 40-year-old country singer is back with a new album, “Fired Up,” released on March 11.
Houser began his career in music as a songwriter before stepping out with a solo career in 2008.
Over the past couple years, he’s toured alongside some of the biggest acts in country music. He is currently on a small headlining tour in support of his new album.
Last summer, he was the supporting act on Luke Bryan’s “The Dust Up Tour.”
Houser says “Fired Up” is his most fully realized effort yet.
“There’s not much edification for me these days to write a song strictly for a paycheck,” Houser says. “When you listen to the record, you’re not just getting a bunch of hit songs; you get to learn a little bit about me, too.”
When not on the road, Houser spent the past few years in and out of Nashville studios, recording batches of songs at a time, crafting the 17-track album that details his winding course through music and life.
“The songs just kept stacking up,” he says of the recording process. “The only deciding factor for me of when an album is done is when you run out of time.”
He’s also matured in his writing style.
“The songs that I want to write these days are the ones that are more uniquely my story,” Houser says. “What comes out comes out. It’s almost a leap of faith every night. Whenever I walk on that stage, I go into a complete other gear. I lose myself in it for a while. It’s really just the best escape that I can have.”