After parting ways with record label Republic Nashville earlier this year, Martina McBride plans to self-release her next album project, "Everlasting," due out March 2, 2014. The album was recorded with the well-credentialed rock producer Don Was (pictured with the singer above) at Blackbird, the Nashville studio owned by Martina and her husband, John.
The project is a set of cover songs, and publicity materials for the project say the four-time Country Music Assn. female vocalist of the year winner "tackles some of the most revered hits in the pantheon of American music by some of the greatest performers of all time." The full track list has not yet been revealed, but most of the songs she chose for the project were top 10 hits on various genre charts in their time, and many went to No. 1.
Among the songs the powerhouse vocalist tackles are "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" made famous by Aretha Franklin, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and the Jimmy Ruffin hit "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted." Other covers will range from Elvis Presley to The Supremes to Van Morrison, and an era spanning from 1955 to 2010. Also included is a duet with Gavin DeGraw on "Bring It On Home To Me," originally performed by Sam Cooke.
"These songs have beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, which is basically all you can ask for as a singer," says Martina in a press release. "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. 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," when she joins George Strait on the road for the final leg of his farewell tour.
"Everlasting" is Martina's second album of covers, Her previous one was the 2005 collection of classic country songs, "Timeless," which became the fastest-selling album of her career.
Listen to her version of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" here