Suzanne Vega Preparing To Record Sixth Album

After a four-year hiatus, Suzanne Vega will return to the recording studio next week to begin work on her sixth album, the New York singer/songwriter said.

The album will include the wistful "Widow's Walk," "Soap and Water" and the haunting "Harbor Song" — tunes Vega has been playing on the European club circuit and at select U.S. dates.

Vega said she's recruited producer Rupert Hine (Tina Turner, Rush, Duncan Sheik) to work on the as-yet-untitled LP, which will be her first since splitting with producer-husband Mitchell Froom, who helmed Nine Objects of Desire (1996) and 99.9 F (1992).

The now-single mom also has a cover of the old standard "Erie Canal" on the new Dan Zanes & Friends children's album Rocket Ship Beach (Festival Five).

In 1987 Vega scored a surprise hit when her melancholy anthem of child abuse, "Luka," which sent her second album, Solitude Standing, charging up the charts. Three years later she had an unlikely club hit with

that album's "Tom's Diner," after British DJs D.N.A. surreptitiously took her a cappella track and remixed it with a wash of keyboards and a skipping electronic backbeat.

Vega will play a benefit show at New York's Bottom Line club on November 18 for the Songwriter's Exchange. The group musicians, which Vega was once a member of, holds weekly songwriting meetings at folk singer Jack Hardy's Greenwich Village home. Hardy is fighting an eviction notice, and proceeds will help pay his legal fees.