Susan Boyle Records First Song for New Album
07/04/2009 AT 11:50 AM EDT
"She sounds fantastic on record," says Cowell. "She's so good, the album is not just going to be show tunes. We're going to take our time with this."
Boyle, 48, also visited the Sony Music offices in London last week to meet with executives, who are treating her gently. Mindful of the pressures and subsequent hospitalization after she finished second in the Britain's Got Talent final, the label says she could walk away from the project any time she wants.
"There's no pressure on her to do this at all," an insider tells PEOPLE.
Boyle missed a few dates on the tour, which ended Sunday. But she returned triumphantly and is expected to sing her to fans in three U.K. cities over the next three days.