Martina McBride Discusses “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and Her Album, “Everlasting”

Martina McBride’s new album, Everlasting, is full of the talented vocalist’s interpretation of classic soul songs, from The Supremes’ “Come See About Me” to Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.” She even offers up a rare female-sung version of the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes classic “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” which she discusses in the video below.

“The song ended up just gorgeous, really sad and melancholy—which is just the way I interpreted it without thinking about it too much,” she says. “That was just my instinct. A few weeks later, I was in the studio working on something and I started listening to as many different versions as I could find.” She mentions the original, and the numerous covers, from Rod Stewart’s to Seal’s and beyond, and what she noticed in her interpretation that was different. “What I noticed about them was that they were very angry,” she adds. “I just didn’t feel it that way at all.”

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