Country music superstar Martina McBride is set to release her new album Everlasting next week.
In a recent interview with Billboard, McBride talked about the album and her fierce duet In the Basement with her fellow country music singer Kelly Clarkson.
Everlasting, McBride explains, is all about memories and is different than her previous albums. McBride’s 2005 album Timeless consisted of mostly covers, however she didn’t change them up, and referred to them as sounding karaoke.
“I was really faithful to the originals on ‘Timeless’ – maybe to a fault, looking back with some perspective,” she said. “Those songs I had grown up with and were so sacred to me that I felt so reverent toward them, that I don’t know I had the confidence to do my own thing with them. Where on this record, having grown as an artist, I felt that it was important to not recreate the song so faithfully that it was a karaoke record. I wanted to be reverent toward the original, but also have my own spin on it.”
McBride recorded the album at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with her husband John. “I love recording at Blackbird, and I love recording with John,” McBride explained. “He tracked this record in a very beautiful and organic way with a lot of vintage instruments. What you hear on the record was what we experienced. There’s not a lot of processing, filtering, or changing of the sound,” she continued. “It’s the way it went to tape. He does a great job at preserving the sound of the instruments.”
McBride reveals that she wanted the duet with Clarkson to be something that no one would have expected from them. By both of them being power house singers, fans would expect them to take on a big ballad, but they wanted to surprise their fans and decided to go with Etta James’ In the Basement.
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) March 31, 2014
“I wanted to do a song that was a little bit unexpected for us,” McBride admitted. “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. 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.”
Everlasting will hit stores on April 8.
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