Martina McBride has signed with Republic Nashville after an 18-year run with RCA Nashville. McBride will be heading to the studio in December with a new music release expected in early 2011.

McBride, Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Republic Nashville president Jimmy Harnen were on hand at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this morning where they announced the deal.

McBride has sold more than 13.7 million albums according to Nielsen Soundscan.