Trisha Yearwood: Music still is No. 1 priority

Once intent on scaling back her career to focus on family, country singer Trisha Yearwood now finds herself with two jobs — platinum-selling musician with a new album on the way and emerging kitchen mogul.

“I kind of feel like Rocky in the first movie,” Yearwood told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

An apt description: Yearwood is releasing a new album, PrizeFighter, the title taken from a new track she found inspiring as she contemplated relaunching her music career at 49. It coincides with the looming comeback tour with her husband, Garth Brooks (alas, no South Florida dates).

Other projects include launching cookware and cutlery lines, hosting a new (fifth) season of Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, and returning to feed the brunch crowd at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February.

But her singing career has been her priority amid all the other projects.

“I told the Food Network people, I love them, ‘You guys are awesome, but I’ve got to finish my record. I’ve got to make some music,’ ” Yearwood said.

Brooks and Yearwood chose to mostly shutter their careers after they married in 2005 and moved to Oklahoma, where they raised Brooks’ three daughters. Since then, Yearwood has sold 12 million albums but released very little music. The Grammy Award winner’s last album came out in 2007, and plans since were set aside when her mother was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and died four years later.

Yearwood said she found things too quiet without music, though, and hopes the new music will empower young women, just as several other recent songs by female artists have done.

“I love those songs that make girls put their hands in the air and say, ‘Yeah, I can do that,’ ” she said. “Hopefully this song [ PrizeFighter] will do that. I kind of feel like the odds are not in my favor, so the song is really motivating in that way because it’s just kind of like you’ve got to fight, you’ve got to fight for what you want.”