In 2005 Martina McBride released Timeless, an album of country classics. Next year’s she’ll put her spin on some of pop’s biggest hits in the Don Was-produced album Everlasting, out March 4. While the album’s full track list hasn’t yet been released, some songs confirmed are “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” made famous by Aretha Franklin, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and the Jimmy Ruffin hit “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.”
“Martina is a singer’s singer,” says Was. “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.”
“These songs have beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, which is basically all you can ask for as a singer,” says Martina. “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.
“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,” she adds. “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.”
Everlasting was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird and released on her own label through Kobalt label services. It features a collaboration with Gavin DeGraw on the Sam Cooke song, “Bring It On Home To Me.”
Next year is a busy one for Martina. 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.