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"X Factor" winner Tate Stevens to release album this spring

Tate Stevens, Season 2 winner of "The X Factor," has signed a record deal with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville, Simone Cowell's label. The 37-year-old country singer is currently writing and recording songs for his major-label debut, due out this spring.

Stevens tweeted the news Tuesday:

The Missouri native did well on Cowell's show on Fox, never finding himself below second place during the voting period. Placed in the over-25 category, Stevens was mentored by producer L.A. Reid.

Stevens released an independent album in 2008.

"The X Factor," meanwhile, will likely undergo some changes next season. Mentor Britney Spears recently announced that she's leaving the show. There's no word on the line-up for Season 3.