Seal tackles the songs of Ol' Blue Eyes

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For his latest musical project Seal is choosing to tread a very well-worn path.

The British singer is tackling Sinatra classics such as Luck Be A Lady, I've Got You Under My Skin, Nina Simone's I Put A Spell on You and a song covered by many great artists, My Funny Valentine, for his new album, Standards.

"If you're a singer and you love to sing you jump at the chance to sing songs like this because they lead you by the hand and they sing you, you don't really sing them," Seal told AAP.

Seal gathered together a band for this album that includes performers who played with some of the original singers, including Sinatra's pianist Randy Waldman. And he learnt a little bit about Ol' Blue Eyes from them in the making of the album.

"They told me a story about one of the last recordings Sinatra did and how he would come into the studio in a bad mood, and for two days he would not really be in the mood for singing and then on the third day he came in and just crushed it, and it made everything worthwhile because he was that great," he said.

The album will be Seal's tenth record and he acknowledges he's "just another one in a long line of people who have covered these songs".

"But for that reason I consider myself really fortunate," he said.

The singer has become a familiar face around Australia in recent years thanks to his on/off role as a coach on TV show The Voice but says he won't be returning to the reality show next year.

"I'll be back on TV screens. I won't be doing The Voice again, but I'll be back on TV screens. I'm working on a few projects that are music-related but of a different nature," he said.

* Standards by Seal is out now

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