The album finds Martina covering a range of songs that were released from 1955 – 2010 from the likes of Elvis, The Supremes, Van Morrison and also including classics like Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes “IF You Don’t Know Me By Now” and also Jimmy Ruffin’s hit “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted.”
“Martina is a singer’s singer. She brings a richness, soul and vulnerability to these songs that no one else could,” says Was. “It’s also testimony to both Martina’s vocal prowess and her strong vision as an artist that she is able to step into these well-worn, classic songs and completely make them her own…she has an approach and a point-of-view that are unmistakable.”
“These songs have beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, which is basically all you can ask for as a singer. 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,” adds McBride. “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.”
The album features a collaboration with Gavin Degraw on Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” and works as a great partner for her 2005 collection of classic country songs, Timeless. The album will be released on March 4, 2014 on her own label through Kobalt label services.