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:

  1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  2. If You Don’t Know Me by Now
  3. Suspicious Minds
  4. Little Bit of Rain
  5. Bring It on Home to Me
  6. Come See About Me
  7. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  8. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  9. Wild Night
  10. In the Basement
  11. My Babe
  12. To Know Him Is to Love Him

 

 

 

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