The country star teams with Don Was for new covers collection, out March 4
Martina McBride is no stranger to covers. Her quickest selling album yet, 2005's "Timeless," was a collection of country music classics including "Love's Gonna Live Here" and "Satin Sheets." Her next musical release will feature her take on a few other classic songs.
"Everlasting" will hit stores on March 4. The release will feature McBride performing 14 classic songs from the American songbook, ranging from Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" to Gamble and Huff's "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Listen Below). Gavin DeGraw lends his talents to the album as well, appearing on "Bring It On Home To Me."
The set was produced by the legendary Don Was, who says that McBride is definitely one of a kind as a vocalist. "Martina is a singer's singer," he says. "She brings a richness, soul and vulnerability to these songs that no one else could. 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."
For her part, the singer says she is excited for fans to hear her take on these classic songs. "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."
McBride is one of only three women (Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert being the other two) to win the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year four times during her career. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1995, and has placed 20 singles inside the Billboard Country Singles chart. Her most recent album, "Eleven," was released by Republic Nashville in October 2011, reaching No. 4 on the Country Albums chart.