Martina McBride Scores Historic #1

April 17, 2014 — 5 Comments

Martina McBride made history this week as the first solo female artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart’s 50-year history. The album ‘Everlasting’ is also Martina’s fifth #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

On Billboard 200, ‘Everlasting’ debuted at #7, marking Martina’s sixth Top 10 debut and her highest since 2007.  ‘Everlasting’ is Martina’s first independent project on her new label Vinyl Recordings, marketed and distributed by Kobalt Label Services.

“Putting ‘Everlasting’ out on my own label felt like a good decision.  I’ve only been signed with two major labels, RCA and Republic Nashville, and have always had great relationships with them so making the change was not about that. But Kobalt has many of the elements of a major label and it just seemed like the right time to try a different business model.  It is a lot of responsibility but exciting at the same time to be doing things a bit differently. We put together a great team to carry this project through,” shares Martina.

Martina delivers powerful interpretations of iconic soul songs while paying tribute to the original 1950s and ’60s recording process. Produced by Grammy’s “Album of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” winner Don Was, the approach involved vintage mics, instruments, amps and equipment from that era—many of which can only be found at Blackbird Studio, which is owned by Martina and her husband, John McBride.

To date, Martina has sold over 18 million albums, which have included twenty top 10 singles and six #1s. She has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for “Female Vocalist of the Year” from the Country Music Association and three wins for “Top Female Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music.

Martina McBride Celebrates ‘Everlasting’ Release Week with Today Show Performance, Country Weekly Cover + More!

April 7, 2014 — 1 Comment

On April 8th, Martina McBride will release ‘Everlasting’ (Vinyl Recordings) – a collection of iconic soul and pop songs that see the powerhouse singer “cooing…growling…and dazzling” (Country Weekly). Martina will also perform songs from the album – classics like Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” – on Today, VH1, The Arsenio Hall Show, at a sold out “Intimate Evening” at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and a public show at Hard Rock Café New York with full band, horns and backup singers.

The music on ‘Everlasting’ revives the spirit of the 1950s and 60s recording process, both in sound and substance. Recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, legendary producer Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan) helped Martina reimagine treasured classics by artists such as Etta James, Sam Cooke and The Supremes. The result is a record stacked with powerful interpretations of timeless arrangements, propelled to new heights by Martina’s extraordinary voice and impeccable music styling.

While it’s not her first foray into covers territory – 2005′s “Timeless” was one of her best-selling discs – she says that she approached this set a little differently. “I was really faithful to the originals on ‘Timeless’ – maybe to a fault, looking back with some perspective. I had grown up with those songs and they were so sacred to me that I don’t know that I had the confidence to do my own thing with them. On this record, having grown as an artist, I felt that it was important not to recreate the song so faithfully that it was a karaoke record. I wanted to be reverent toward the original, but also have my own spin on it.”

“We tracked this record in a very organic way with a lot of vintage instruments. What you hear on the record was what we experienced. There’s not a lot of processing, filtering, or changing of the sound. It’s the way it went to tape live in the studio.”

‘Everlasting’ is streaming now on Billboard here.

Martina’s release week activities will include:
-Cover story interview with Country Weekly (on stands April 4)
-Academy of Country Music Awards (April 6, CBS)
-Performance on Today (April 8, NBC)
-Interview with Great American Country’s Suzanne Alexander (April 8, GAC)
-Public show at Hard Rock Café New York (April 8)
-Performance on Big Morning Buzz (April 9, VH1)
-An Intimate Evening with Martina McBride and Don Was at the Grammy Museum, Los Angeles (April 10, SOLD OUT)
-Performance on The Arsenio Hall Show (April 11, CBS)

To date, Martina has sold over 18 million albums, which have included twenty top 10 hits and six #1 smashes. She has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for “Female Vocalist of the Year” from the Country Music Associations and three wins for “Top Female Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music.

‘Everlasting’ Parties Happening Tomorrow!

April 4, 2014 — 4 Comments

Something really cool is happening tomorrow night! My fans are throwing some pretty awesome listening parties to celebrate the ‘Everlasting’ release. They are actually hosting parties in their homes and they will be tweeting, sharing pics on instagram and facebook. There might be contests and prizes. Each one gets to host the party any way they want!

If you want to join in, call a few friends, grab your favorite beverage and listen to the album on Billboard here (http://bit.ly/BBEverlasting) and use #EverlastingParty on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can keep up with the rest of the parties. If you search the hashtag, you’ll see what everyone else is up to. Listen along and post your comments. Its happening all over the world! Say hi! 6-9pmCST on Saturday.

- Martina

Free Show Announcement!

April 4, 2014 — 1 Comment

We are playing a free show to celebrate the release of Everlasting on Tuesday 4/8 at the Hard Rock in NYC in Times Square.  First come, first served.  We just decided do it last minute.  We’ll be doing cuts off of Everlasting as well as some hits.  Get there early to get in!

-Martina

Enter the Martina McBride ‘Everlasting’ Sweepstakes

April 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

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We’re sending one lucky winner and a guest to see Martina McBride in concert this summer!
 
Enter for the chance to win a 3 day/2 night trip to see Martina LIVE in Cohasset, Massachusetts, following the release of her new album, ‘Everlasting.’
 
The grand prize package includes:
Roundtrip airfare for two people, brought to you by Orbitz
Two nights hotel accommodations (single room/double occupancy)
Two tickets to see Martina McBride in concert on July 11, 2014 in Cohasset, Massachusetts
A meet & greet with Martina!

Twenty first prizes:
A copy of Martina McBride’s new Everlasting CD