Justin Timberlake 'Had the Urge to Create Again' After Taking Time Away from Music: Source (Exclusive)

The superstar will soon release his long-awaited, sixth studio album 'Everything I Thought It Was' on March 15

<p>Jerod Harris/Getty</p> Justin Timberlake in Los Angeles in May 2022

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Justin Timberlake in Los Angeles in May 2022

Justin Timberlake is getting ready to release new music — and he's already feeling that sunshine in his pocket and good soul in his feet.

As the pop singer, 43, is on the cusp of releasing his first album in six years with Everything I Thought It Was on March 15, a source opens up to PEOPLE about his highly anticipated return to music.

The insider explains that the Grammy winner felt compelled to get back into the studio after spending the past few years away from work to focus on his family, including his wife of nearly 12 years Jessica Biel and their two sons, Silas, 8½, and Phineas, 3½.

Justin "just had this urge to create again,” the source says. “It was time.”

<p>Charlotte Rutherford</p> Justin Timberlake's Everything I Thought It Was

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Justin Timberlake's Everything I Thought It Was

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The source adds that the couple has “been fortunate to spend a lot of family time together in the past few years.”

“It’s been very special,” they say of the hitmaker and actress’ life together in Montana, where they’ve chosen to raise their children outside of Hollywood. “Work has come second while they’ve raised their boys.”

<p>Jessica Biel/Instagram</p> Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake with their sons Phineas and Silas

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake with their sons Phineas and Silas

The couple has remained as strong as ever, especially as musical inspiration has struck Timberlake and he’s gearing up for the album release, according to the source. “He’s been super into it and Jess has been supportive,” the insider shares. “They are great together.”

The Emmy-nominated actress also can’t get enough of her husband's forthcoming project. Adds the source, “She loves his new music. She finds him very talented.”

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The “SexyBack” singer dropped his first solo single in years, “Selfish,” on Jan. 25, ushering in his next musical era. Upon the song’s release, he revealed that the track would appear on his sixth studio album and long-awaited follow-up to 2018’s Man of Woods.

Just one day after the arrival of “Selfish,” the musician appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where he performed the song, as well as the unreleased track “Sanctified.”

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Biel has since shared how much she loves the new track. On TikTok, she posted an adorable video of herself listening to it non-stop as she tried to go about her day, writing that it had been “ON 👏🏻 REPEAT  👏🏻” in the caption.

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