Last month, R&B icon Freddie Jackson was surprised when his manager told him his concert in the Capital City this Friday had already sold out.

Last month, R&B icon Freddie Jackson was surprised when his manager told him his concert in the Capital City this Friday had already sold out.

This is impressive, considering he hasn't released a new album in 10 years.

Jackson’s last time performing in the Rollins Center of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino was in 2008, sharing the stage with a Grammy Award-winning singer.

“When my manager called me this time and said the room is sold out, I’m like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. I was in that room with Dionne Warwick,’” Jackson said about the Rollins Center, which holds 1,600.

Jackson is famous for his brand of “grown and sexy” R&B. He got his first record deal in 1985 and has since accumulated two Grammy nominations and 11 No. 1 hits, including “You Are My Lady,” “Love Me Down” and “Jam Tonight.”

Three decades into the music game and Jackson still isn’t finished cutting new records. The R&B legend has an upcoming album, “Love Signals,” slated for release this spring.

“I’m really, really excited about this album,” Jackson said. “I just didn’t want to record an album, I wanted to make a reason. The reason is because of the nature of the music industry right now, especially in R&B. I think it’s really sitting in ICU right now. You need a doctor to say ‘clear!’ It needs a quick jumpstart again.”

With a new touring band, new management and an album on the way, Jackson said he feels like 2017 is his year.

How would you describe the new album?

We’re back into pure R&B. It’s [reminiscent of] Freddie Jackson’s “Rock Me Tonight,” “You Are My Lady,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” “Nice and Slow.” It’s just authentic, yet it’s new, because I find this album to be organic, because there’s a lot of organic soul in it. I’m really happy about it and I got my producer Mr. Barry Eastmond, of course. He wrote “You Are My Lady” for me.

In what way has your new manager helped you?

When you think you’ve been doing this for 31 years and then you have someone come in and looking at you and saying [that won’t fly], and you look at them and say, “Who in the hell do you think you are?” I’ve been doing this and getting No. 1 records and blah, blah, blah. He looked at me and said, “That’s all nice, but let’s try it this way.” It’s a matter of being able to take constructive criticism and being able to adjust to change and removing a lot of unnecessary things. I’m in a place of peace in my life. I really am. And that’s what I think is the magic of Freddie Jackson right now in 2017. The music is magical. I can’t wait for people to get a hold of it.

How’ve you managed to remain relevant after three decades?

I’ve taken the bitter with the sweet. Let’s call an ace an ace and a spade a spade. I’ve gone through highs and I’ve gone through lows. I’m just glad I’m one of the artists who has never had to live my life saying, “I should’ve would’ve could’ve,” because I’ve dined with kings and queens. And I come from a village of knowing what it is not to have. So I’m a survivor through it all. I can sit in a mansion, but then I’m OK sitting in a one-bedroom apartment and making it feel like a mansion. It’s because of my heart and demeanor – what’s around me is in place. Therefore, I’m gaining ground. Sometimes it takes people longer to get to certain pinnacles in their careers. That’s OK, because I’ve spoken to people who’ve been in this business and they’ve not had one or two No.1 records. And here I have 11. There’s a few awards I’d like to have, but then it’s not over until the fat lady sings; and everyone in her family.

What are you still chasing?

I haven’t accomplished getting my Grammy. Until I get it, I’m going to shut that thing down. Every year I was nominated, Stevie Wonder took the Grammy. When I saw him, I said, “Could you not make a record, Jesus Christ.” Then he said, “Oh, Freddie – get over it.” He had such a great sense of humor. But I’d really like to have one.