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Apr 16

Martina McBride Rides Her Soul Train

Martina McBride Rides Her Soul Train

Martina McBride’s 2014 album, Everlasting.

By Bob Doerschuk

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Country Music headliner Martina McBride’s catalog overflows with powerfully communicative performances. The playful “I Love You,” the heartbroken ballad “Wrong Again,” and the empowering anthems “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls” and “Wrong Baby Wrong” unfold along clear lines of melody, which the five-time CMA Award winner animated with her own distinctive phrasing and interpretive sense.

In contrast, much of her new album, Everlasting, pays homage to R&B and showcases vocal improvisation. A perfect example would be “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” which in essence was a sketch over which Otis Redding unleashed his volcanic and highly extemporized performance. Speaking generally, the emphasis in soul music is often on the performance, while to paraphrase a familiar line in Music City, Country recordings start with and often stay grounded on the song.

“There are some differences in phrasing,” McBride noted. “When I was first thinking about making this record and finding songs that would fit my voice, I was a little bit overwhelmed. Tackling some of these songs was a bit intimidating. But then Don (Was, producer) helped me a lot. He said, ‘Just be you. Sing it how you would sing it.’ That was a liberating moment for me. I was like, ‘Oh! That makes sense!’” Continue Reading

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Mar 6

Martina McBride, Charley Pride & More Scheduled for 2015 Country Music Cruise

Martina McBride, Charley Pride & More Scheduled for 2015 Country Music Cruise

Martina McBride photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Following the success of this year’s inaugural 2014 Country Music Cruise, the lineup for the 2015 Country Music Cruise has been revealed. Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep at The Wheel, Restless Heart, Wade Hayes, Bryan White and more will perform, with Lorianne Crook serving as the official host. Set for January 18-25, 2015, the cruise will travel through the Caribbean with stops in Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay.

“I am really looking forward to performing on this luxurious ship in the beautiful Caribbean,” said Martina. “The intimate nature of the venue is a great opportunity to connect with my fans that rarely get to see me give this kind of performance. They are in for a great week of country music. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the show.” Continue Reading

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Feb 28

Martina McBride to Release First Cookbook in October

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Martina McBride photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Fans only need to follow Martina McBride on her social media pages to know she loves to cook and entertain when she’s not on the road. To continue sharing her love of recipes and hosting dinner parties, she has partnered with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, to release her first cookbook, Around The Table, on October 7, 2014.

“I have a passion for food and entertaining,” Martina said. “I’m so excited to be putting everything I love onto the pages of my new book.” Continue Reading

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Jan 22

Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride & Zac Brown Added to GRAMMYs

Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride & Zac Brown Added to GRAMMYs

Hunter Hayes photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Hunter Hayes is among the latest round of artists to be named as performers for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Gary Clark Jr. will also perform along with a finale featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age and Dave Grohl with Lindsey Buckingham.

The GRAMMYs also announced Zac Brown and Martina McBride as presenters along with Marc Anthony, Black Sabbath, Gloria Estefan, Anna Faris, Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Harrison, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, Juanes, Cyndi Lauper, Jared Leto, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Yoko Ono, Smokey Robinson, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler. Continue Reading

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Jan 16

Martina McBride Teams Up with Don Was to Release Everlasting

Martina McBride Teams Up with Don Was to Release Everlasting

Martina McBride’s 2014 album, Everlasting. Photo courtesy of Shorefire.

Martina McBride will release Everlasting, a collection of iconic soul and R&B songs, on March 4. She teamed up with GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was for the project which includes songs as diverse as Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.”

“I love soulful music and it just made sense to me to stretch a bit at this time and do something that fills my heart and allows me to explore a little bit,” Martina said. “I have worked hard to choose some of the best and most loved classics, much like I did with Timeless, and interpret them in a way that is faithful to the original, but still has my own artistic spin to make it mine. Continue Reading

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Dec 13

Martina McBride to Release Pop Classics Album, Everlasting, March 4

Martina McBride to Release Pop Classics Album, Everlasting, March 4

Martina McBride and producer Don Was at Blackbird studio recording Everlasting. Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media.

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.”

Listen to Martina’s version of  “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” >>

“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. Continue Reading

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Nov 4

Martina McBride Announces Annual Joy of Christmas Tour

Martina McBride Announces Annual Joy of Christmas Tour

Martina McBride photo courtesy of Campbell Entertainment Group.

Martina McBride will celebrate the holiday season with her annual Joy of Christmas Tour, a “variety show extravaganza” that includes holiday favorites, Martina’s signature hits and more. The tour will kick off November 29 in Huntington, West Virginia and make 12 stops, wrapping in Chicago on December 21.

“This tour is something I look forward to all year,” Martina said. “It’s definitely a show for the whole family and we love performing it. It helps get me in the Christmas spirit each year and I know it does that for the audience too.” Continue Reading

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Nov 4

Eric Church, Trace Adkins & More to Honor Gregg Allman

Eric Church, Trace Adkins & More to Honor Gregg Allman

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

The Allman Brothers Band, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Martina McBride and more will come together on January 10, 2014 for “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman,” a concert honoring the legendary singer, songwriter and musician. The show, which will be filmed and recorded for multi-media distribution, will take place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

“Gregg Allman and his songs have been a deep and unmistakable influence on artists across southern rock, blues, soul, gospel, and country music,” said producer Don Was, who is also scheduled to perform. Continue Reading

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Oct 9

Brad Paisley, Martina McBride & More Added to George Jones Tribute Show

Brad Paisley, Martina McBride & More Added to George Jones Tribute Show

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

The November 22 sold-out George Jones tribute concert, now officially dubbed the “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO SHOW,” has gotten even bigger. Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Big & Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Bill Anderson and Megadeth have all been added to the lineup, which already includes some of the biggest names in music.

“The evening of George Jones songs is going to be the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen,” Nancy Jones, George’s widow, said. “We have many surprises planned, and I just wish George could be here to see what we are doing for him.”

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Sep 26

Martina McBride Announces The Joy of Christmas Tour

Martina McBride Announces The Joy of Christmas Tour

Martina McBride photo courtesy of Campbell Entertainment Group.

Martina McBride will launch The Joy of Christmas Tour on November 29 in Huntington, West Virginia. The tour will include everything from Christmas classics like “Let It Snow” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to hymns like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.”

“This is such a fun and special tour to do,” Martina said. “I love bringing Christmas to life onstage and putting everyone in the Christmas spirit. My favorite part of the show is the Q&A where I go into the audience. You never know what is going to happen, and the spontaneity is something I really enjoy.” Continue Reading

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