Pop star Cyndi Lauper has recruited one of her personal music icons, Willie Nelson, to collaborate with her on her new country-focused album.

The True Colors singer has set up shop in Nashville, Tennessee for her upcoming 11th studio record, Detour, which will centre on classic country songs of the 1950s and ’60s.

For the project, Lauper turned to one of the genre’s most revered singers, and she admits her first meeting with Nelson left her more dumbfounded than she expected.

“I tried to be professional, but you know when you’re overwhelmed – when he came in, I almost cried,” Lauper tells Entertainment Weekly.

Detour is a companion piece to her 2010 album Memphis Blues, a record which paid homage to blues musicians and featured contributions from icons such as B.B. King and Allen Toussaint