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Listen: Martina McBride’s Album ‘Everlasting’

"I love to sing all kinds of music."
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By Annie Reuter

Martina McBride‘s new album Everlasting doesn’t drop until next Tuesday (April 8), but this week fans can get an early listen, as Billboard is streaming the album in full.

Everlasting is a collection of pop and R&B standards that includes Elvis Presley‘s “Suspicious Minds,” Linda Ronstadt‘s “Little Bit of Rain” and Diana Ross and the Supremes’ “Come See About Me.”

“A lot of these songs I chose because they have great melodies and lyrics,” McBride told Billboard.

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Everlasting also contains duets with Gavin DeGraw on “Bring It On Home To Me,” and Kelly Clarkson on Etta James‘ “In The Basement.”

“I wanted to do a song that was a little bit unexpected for us,” McBride said about “In The Basement.” “I think people would expect the two of us to get together and do this big ballad, but I found this song, and thought it was so much fun. It fits her personality, and it has a lot of fun energy and is very vivacious. So, we recorded it together, and I think it turned out great.”

“I wasn’t super familiar with it, to be honest,” she continued. “I discovered it along the way. That’s one of the great things about this record – I discovered a lot of music while listening to thousands of songs. That was a really great process for me, too.”

Country fans may be curious to find that Everlasting isn’t a country album per se. But as McBride told Billboard, one of the things that was “so great about this record” was that she was able to sing “something a little bit different.”

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And she’s also looking forward to performing the music on Everlasting on the road. “We’re going to bring out a horn section and background singers, and we’re going to build a whole show around this record,” McBride said. “I’m still going to be doing some of my hits, and the basic theme of the show will be like a throwback show. I’m still doing a lot of research on how those shows were done and how we want to incorporate some old-school moves and lighting, and make the show feel more like an experience rather than me just interpreting the songs.”

Everlasting drops on April 8.

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