KENNY Rogers is proud of his 50-year career, but he canâ€™t help but hope that the best is yet to come.
“For me, the whole goal is to stay relevant as long as I can,” said Rogers, whose career retrospective, Kenny Rogers: 50 Years, was released on Tuesday.
While the 12-track CD includes hits such as Lucille and The Gambler, it also features three new songs.
“Itâ€™s one thing to still be doing it, but to still have your records played on the radio and to have contemporary success, thatâ€™s whatâ€™s exciting”.
Rogers, (70) became a superstar in the 1970s and â€˜80s. His career cooled in the â€˜90s, but he continues to have hits.
His 2006 album, Water & Bridges, charted three songs, including the No 14 I Canâ€™t Unlove You.
Heâ€™s now working on material for a new album.
“Radio has said to me in so many words: If you do great work, weâ€™ll play it. But if itâ€™s average, youâ€™ll have to stand in line,” he said.
“Iâ€™ve always been a country singer with a lot of influences,” said Rogers, who played jazz, folk and rock before hitting his stride with a country-pop sound, “and I think thatâ€™s helped me because I can do a variety of songs”. â€“â€“ AP.