RCA Releases 20 Years of Martina McBride
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 16:10
If anyone missed out on country singer Martina McBride’s music throughout the past 20 years, they will have the ultimate opportunity to hear her for themselves now. On Oct. 22, RCA Nashville, McBride’s label for over 18 years, released The Essential Martina McBride, a compilation of 40 of McBride’s songs from the past two decades.
McBride, known for her immense soprano range and powerful ballads, charted success throughout the 1990s and 2000s with songs such as “Wild Angels,” “Happy Girl” and “Blessed.” She has had the distinction of being nominated 15 times for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and shares the record for most wins (four) with Reba McEntire. McBride has charted four number one hits in country music, as well as 20 top ten singles.
McBride left RCA, her home since 1991, in the fall of 2010 and signed with Republic Nashville. Her debut disc for her new label, 2011’s Eleven, has charted three singles, with “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” climbing to number four on the country charts, and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Currently, McBride is touring throughout the United States, and will join George Strait on his Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2013.
RCA has previously released two compilation albums for McBride, 2001’s Greatest Hits and Hits and More, which was released this past January after McBride’s departure. Hits and More displays many highlights of the singer’s career, such as “Independence Day” and “I Love You,” as well as “Being Myself” and “Surrender,” two of three previously unreleased songs found on this album.
The Essential Martina McBride will feature stellar McBride hits like “This One’s For the Girls” and “Where Would You Be,” and covers of classics such as “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Other tracks include a cover of “Over the Rainbow” and her first successful shot at songwriting “Anyway.” This album will mark the first time that material from McBride’s debut album The Time Has Come will be available on a compilation collection.
This album is also the first time that McBride has not been involved with RCA during a project concerning her music. The singer learned of the compilation album in September, tweeting, “Wow! Kinda sucks that I had 2 find out on Twitter that Rca is releasing a Cd of 40 of my songs. Hope I at least get a free copy . . . Having said that I’m not mad about it. Just would have been cool to get a phone call. I wonder what the cover looks like?”
With a sizable amount of her career behind her now, McBride, 46, no doubt has many years left on the Nashville scene. Her untarnished voice and inspirational songs have thrived throughout the years, and it is almost certain we are not done hearing from the acclaimed “Céline Dion of Country Music” yet.