Girls just want to have fun, Cyndi Lauper famously sang -- and for the artist herself, that "fun" includes recording a country music album.

The Grammy, Tony and Emmy winner has done much in her lauded career, including putting out nine studio albums, but she hasn't ever recorded a country project, and her sights are now focused on that specific dream. Lauper made the announcement at the U.K. premiere of her musical Kinky Boots (for which she penned all of the music) at London's Adelphi Theatre.

"I want to work with Tony Brown down in Nashville and do a country record, finally," the singer says. "I want to record all those songs I used to sing my guts out in my apartment to! It'll be out next year."

Brown's influence in country music is much revered: He's produced every one of George Strait's records since 1992 and has also helmed the work of Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd and Trisha Yearwood, just to name a few.

While it may seem surprising that the pop icon wants to record a country album, she says that she's influenced by much more than pop music.

" ... I like a lot of different kinds of music, not just one kind," Lauper explains. "I like to research music."

The 62-year-old is also hoping to work with Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and the man responsible for signing artists including the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Pretenders and Madonna.

"I've always wanted to work with him," she admits. "So I figure, while I've still got teeth in my mouth, let me go work with him!"

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