Martina McBride Previews Soulful New Album
Country’s big voice unveils Everlasting during intimate event.
To paraphrase a famous ad, when Martina McBride sings, people listen. And for nearly an hour last night, the CMA- and ACM-award-winning vocalist held a select group of media at attention when she played finished tracks from her upcoming new album, Everlasting. A collection of soul covers, including Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” the project is the pop equivalent of her country classics album, Timeless.
“I kept coming back to the idea of a soul record,” Martina said during a discussion with music critic Robert K. Oermann at Nashville music-and-fashion boutique Two Old Hippies. “These songs all have beautiful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, something you can really sink your teeth into as a singer.”
Produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), Everlasting will be released March 4 and supported by a tour from Martina, who revealed she’ll be bringing along a full horn section. She joked that she may even work in some choreographed dance moves. “A little James Brown,” Martina said, laughing.
Here are Everlasting’s track list and album cover:
- Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
- If You Don’t Know Me by Now
- Suspicious Minds
- Little Bit of Rain
- Bring It on Home to Me
- Come See About Me
- What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
- I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
- Wild Night
- In the Basement
- My Babe
- To Know Him Is to Love Him