Grammy-nominated artist Brandy Clark is gearing up for her next record, and she says it will push the envelope a bit more than her previous work.

The singer-songwriter has teamed up with producer Jay Joyce, who's produced tracks like Eric Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and is known for his slightly rebellious attitude when it comes to what the genre should sound like.

"I'm excited to work with [Joyce] because he does bring that edge, and he was excited to work with me because he's never worked with someone so country," Clark tells Rolling Stone Country. "He's really pushing me in the best ways. He goes down every road with a song. A lot of times you end up right where you started, but you figure something out in the process. He's a genius."

Clark also says the album will have “a bit of a concept,” though she wouldn’t dish any more than that. According to RSC, the artist is in the studio cranking out the new tunes and hopes to put out the first single in August or September, with the full record following early next year.

Though she’s been keeping her head down and staying busy working on the new album, she was still able to take a moment to celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. Clark, one of the few openly gay artists in the country world, was pleasantly surprised by the verdict, which at first she didn’t believe when her manager texted the news.

"I'm like, what are you talking about?" she admits with a laugh. "I think it's a wonderful thing, and I would think that whether I way gay or not. It's a wonderful thing that people who love each other can have a legal commitment to each other."

Clark recently played the Farmborough festival in New York City, and her duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, “His Hands,” was nominated for a CMT Music Award in June.

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