*Legendary singer Roberta Flack is putting the finishing touches on a collection of Beatles classics for a new album that will be her first in more than eight years.

Scheduled for early February 2012, the project will be released through 429 Records/Sony ATV Music Publishing and Flack’s RAS Records. Lead single “We Can Work It Out” is available worldwide exclusively today (Sept. 27) at iTunes. [Scroll down to listen.]

Last seen performing a duet with Maxwell at the 2010 Grammy Awards, Flack collaborated on her new album with producer Sherrod Barnes and contributing producers Jerry Barnes and Barry Miles. “My passion for the project comes from the magical genius of the greatest songwriters of all time,” says the four-time Grammy winner in a statement. “Love, inspiration, friendship and my own life’s lessons come together when I sing the songs they created.”

Best known for such hits as “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly” and her 1969 breakthrough debut album “First Take,” Flack continues to tour worldwide and is also planning a new tour next year. She founded the Roberta Flack School of Music in Bronx, NY in 2006.