Turns out Jennifer Lopez is just like a fine wine!
The 45-year-old American Idol judge tells PEOPLE that the longer she’s in the industry, the better she gets.
“When you first start in this business, you think, ‘This is going to run out’ or ‘It’s going to finish at a certain time’ or ‘If I reach a certain age I won’t be relevant,’ ” says the singer, who just resigned with her original record label, Epic.
“I have found that I just get better and better with more experience and more life. I have more to give to what I do and that’s what I look forward to when creating this record.”
Lopez’s return to Epic means reuniting with longtime friend and mentor L.A. Reid – and putting those years of industry and life experience into new music.
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“I’ve had so much success over the years but this is going to be a great starting point again,” the mother of two adds. “It’s all about finding the right sound for me and the right songs and the right lyrics for me right now.”
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Although she’s still working to discover the right vibe for her upcoming music, she hopes the process won’t be too long.
“Hopefully we’ll have new music very soon,” she says.
American Idol airs Thursdays (at 8 p.m.) on Fox.