Tony Lucca says his return to "The Voice" earlier this week was "interesting."
But the Waterford singer-songwriter, who was the show's second runner-up in the spring, is more interested in taking the next step, or steps, in his career.
Lucca has signed to Maroon5 singer and "The Voice" judge Adam Levine's 222 Records label and has already started working on new music, writing with collaborators in Nashville and Los Angeles. "There's a pretty good batch of songs that I'm proud of," Lucca, 36, reports. "I've got a coupel songs in a more rock, edgier vein. I've got some that are more like the singer-songwriter fare I've been creating over the years.
"It's obviously going to go big; it's just a matter of how big and trying to decide if I'm gonna be the kind of artist that's going to sell better in the Hot AC market or should go straight pop and do something big and super commercial. Once we all kind of agree on which direction we're going to go, then it's a matter of finding the right songs that are going to work well at radio and wherever else."
Lucca isn't done writing yet, however, and he says he and former "Mickey Mouse Club" mate Justin Timberlake "have been constantly flirting with sitting down and working together. Trying to tie that guy down is like hitting a moving target, but I'd love to hear what we could do if we got together."
Lucca expects to start recording in early 2013 and says it's possible that he'll release an EP first and then follow it with a full album. Meanwhile, he's been pleased to see that his notoriety from "The Voice" has led to bigger crowds at his shows, but he feels it's important to deliver some new music to them as soon as he can.
"I don't think the honeymoon's over, but it's certainly time for what's next," he notes. "You can only keep sounding the trumpets from the victor, or the almost-victory of even having been on the show. Now it's what's next. What's the next victory? What's the next success story? What's the next chapter of this?
"That's what it's time for now."
Tony Lucca performs Friday, Dec. 14, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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