GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter Martina McBride recently performed a cover of GRAMMY winner Pink's GRAMMY-nominated hit "F***in' Perfect" at The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter GRAMMY Block Party, which also featured performances by Brandy Clark, Jim Lauderdale, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Young, among others. Following her set, McBride participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing the making of her most recent album, Everlasting, and working with GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was, among other topics.
"When I'm in the studio I just really try to connect with the lyric, and learn the song," said McBride. "I like to sing the song many, many, many times, so that I'm not reading the words off the page and I'm really internalizing the lyric and the song."Born in Kansas, McBride relocated to Nashville, Tenn., in 1990 after marrying her husband, sound engineer John McBride. One year later her demo tape earned McBride a deal with RCA Records and an opening slot on tour with GRAMMY winner Garth Brooks. Her debut album, The Time Has Come, was released in 1992 and cracked the Top 50 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Her 1993 follow-up, The Way That I Am, shot to No. 14 on the chart on the strength of the Country Singles hits "My Baby Loves Me" and "Independence Day," the latter of which earned McBride her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for 1994.
Released in 1995, Wild Angels peaked at No. 17 on the Country Albums chart, with the title track netting McBride her first No. 1 country single. McBride garnered two GRAMMY nominations for 1995, including Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Safe In The Arms Of Love." Released in 1997, Evolution peaked at No. 4, marking McBride's first Top 10 country album. Subsequent releases included 1999's Emotion, which peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200; Martina (2003, No. 7); Timeless (2005, No. 3); Waking Up Laughing (2007, No. 3); Shine (2009, No. 10); and Eleven (2011, No. 10).
Released April 8, Everlasting marks McBride's second collection of covers (following Timeless). Produced by Was, the album features 12 of McBride's takes on classic R&B standards from Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, among others, including duets with Gavin DeGraw and GRAMMY winner Kelly Clarkson. Everlasting debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, marking her sixth Top 10 debut and highest-charting release since 2007, and No. 1 on the Country Albums chart, marking her fifth set to top the chart. Everlasting also marked McBride's first release on indie label Vinyl Recordings, making her the first solo female artist to debut at No. 1 with an independently released and distributed album in the 50-year history of the Country Albums chart.
McBride is currently in the midst of her Everlasting tour, with dates scheduled through January 2015.