Susan Boyle (left) and Simon Cowell
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07/04/2009 at 11:50 AM EDT
Susan Boyle took time out from the Britain's Got Talent
tour to record the first track on her planned album with Simon Cowell's team, who are clearly excited by what they heard.
"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.