Martina McBride Interprets Iconic Songs on ‘Everlasting,’ Out March 4, 2014

December 12, 2013 — 25 Comments

Four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Returns to Spotlight with Grammy-Winning Producer Don Was 

Four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride is already regarded as one of the country’s finest singers. Her new album, ‘Everlasting,’ out March 4, 2014 and produced by the illustrious Don Was, is destined to further that claim as McBride tackles some of the most revered hits in the pantheon of American music by some of the greatest performers of all time.
 
The 14-time Grammy Nominee brings her extraordinary voice and impeccable music styling to songs with tremendously established prestige, as the majority of the original versions of her chosen tracks were top ten hits in their own time, and many charted at number one. Who better to take on such a daunting challenge than a seasoned chart veteran with 20 top ten hits and six number one smashes of her own? Perfect-pitched McBride stands poised to deepen the lore of these legendary songs. 

While plenty of musicians have made albums of treasured classics, McBride possesses the emotion and interpretive skills to cover an eclectic range that few could muster — from Elvis to The Supremes to Van Morrison, spanning from 1955 to 2010. Best known for her country successes, she flexes her R&B and soul muscles too with favorites that include a sublime “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” made famous by Aretha Franklin, a heart-wrenching “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and the Jimmy Ruffin hit “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.”

“Martina is a singer’s singer. She brings a richness, soul and vulnerability to these songs that no one else could,” says Was. “It’s also testimony to both Martina’s vocal prowess and her strong vision as an artist that she is able to step into these well-worn, classic songs and completely make them her own…she has an approach and a point-of-view that are unmistakable.”

“These songs have beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, which is basically all you can ask for as a singer. While this is a bit of a departure for me song-wise, stylistically I approached these songs the way I always have which is singing with as much soul and emotion as I possibly can,” adds McBride. “I think my fans will love this record because they are some of the best songs of all time done in a very classic style. I’m so excited for them to hear it and to take this record, complete with a horn section, on the road in the spring.” 

Recorded in Nashville at Blackbird and released on her own label through Kobalt label services, ‘Everlasting’ is the second album of covers from the singer whose 20-year career has earned 18 million album sales — she put her imprint on classic country songs for 2005′s ‘Timeless’, which went platinum, hit number one on the country charts and number three on the Billboard 200, and was her fastest-selling record ever. 

‘Everlasting’ also features a collaboration with Gavin DeGraw on “Bring It On Home To Me,” originally performed by Sam Cooke. 

McBride will spend 2014 busy as ever: she’ll participate in an all-star tribute to Gregg Allman in Atlanta in January, joins CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait in spring for his last tour, and will continue her generous charity work as the spokesperson for National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, as well as through her Team Martina global volunteer organization of country music fans. 

Stay tuned as Martina reveals the track listing for ‘Everlasting’ in the coming weeks.

Hear Martina’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now:”

 

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25 responses to Martina McBride Interprets Iconic Songs on ‘Everlasting,’ Out March 4, 2014

  1. PLEASE COME BACK TO LANCASTER, PA .
    I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU !

  2. I love “If you don’t know me by now” and I love your cover of that song. Excited about your new CD! Love, Mark

  3. I was at the fan club party this year, I can’t wait to buy this cd. Hope Sitting on the Dock of the Bay made the cd.

    Merry Christmas
    Keith
    St. John’s
    Newfoundland
    Canada

  4. I really like your style of music!!!!!

  5. Love this song, and love your voice. A match made in heaven. Can’t wait to hear the many treasures to come on Everlasting.

  6. WOW! Jus wow!!! the vocals are RIGHTEOUS on that tune! SO XCITED to hear this side of Martina! To paraphrase myself…” THIS WILL BE EPIIIIIIIC!!!!” ….and git ready for a GRAMMY, GRRL!

  7. I can’t wait to buy this, and hear the other tracks. Exciting!

  8. So exiting! I love everything from you .God bless you.

  9. Beautiful, Martina…just beautiful!

  10. One word “awesome”……..I will buy that one as soon as its released.

  11. Congratulations, Martina. I have been waiting a long time for you to introduce this repertoire into your music library. The natural gravel in your voice is a natural for this genre of music. You will be well received on this project. I look forward to hearing all of the songs.

  12. Love it love it love it! My Dad used to sing that song to my mom all the time! Memories! Looking forward to the rest. I know it will be incredible!

  13. What an exciting announcement and Team Martina is so honored to be with you!

  14. Adrienne Horlacher December 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Wow. Just wow. I am really excited for March!

  15. Sounds GREAT!!!! Will C2C in London in March be based on Everlasting or Eleven?

  16. Need to do Timeless vol. 2 but I look forward to this album

  17. Oh ya!!!! Bring it on Martina! Any album you do is treasured in my books! LOVE from Ontario Canada!! xx

  18. You have a beautiful Voice what a great song for you to do .. love your Music.. God Bless

  19. Martina’s songs have helped me reconcile a ton of life experiences! Angel sent to provide us all with HOPE! I’m going to break away at some point and see her perform, even if it means flying to see her.

  20. Love it can’t wait to hear the rest of it. Most of these songs I grew up with.

  21. sounds martinamazing!!

  22. Congrats Martina! So excited to hear an album full of some of the great covers we’ve come to love hearing you sing on tour. Also, I can’t wait to hear your duet with Gavin DeGraw (Sam Cooke…yes please!). And happy for you and John that this will be on your own label!

  23. How exciting! Can’t wait!!

  24. That my dear…..sounds beautiful.




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