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article imageMartina McBride talks new album, charity, fans, Lynn Anderson Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 20, 2016 in Music
Country superstar Martina McBride chatted with Digital Journal about her new studio album "Reckless." She also paid her respects to the late country greats Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson.
Regarding the song selection process for her forthcoming studio album, Reckless, McBride said, "I was really lucky. I had a lot of time, and I was not in a rush to make the record. I had a lot of time to wait for the right songs and I just approached them like I always do. I try to find songs that are authentic to me, and I love this collection of songs. I think I have found some really great songs."
The award-winning songstress revealed that in the music video for the lead single "Reckless," she really did cut her own hair in it. "I did, yeah," she admitted.
This Saturday, April 23, McBride will be paying homage to one of her greatest musical idols, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles by singing the classic "Blue Bayou." "I'm so excited to sing 'Blue Bayou.' I can't wait," she said.
McBride noted that she does not have a personal favorite song on the album, and that she loves all of the tracks on the collection. "I don't record a song unless I absolutely am crazy about it," she said.
She had nothing but the kindest words for her record label, Nash Icon Records. "It is great. They are very music-centric, so they gave me a lot of time and freedom and they didn't rush me. We are doing a lot of press and a lot of TV, and their enthusiasm is really great. They have a great team of people, and so far, it has been really great," she said.
On her charity organization, "Team Music Is Love," McBride said, "It has been going really great. It is growing every day, and they have more new members and they come up with great projects. Sheila is very, very giving, wonderful and motivated person. She is doing a great job with it."
Her plans for the future will include a summer tour, as well as a tour in the fall. "We are focusing on new production and on the new album. We are doing the ACCAs (American Country Countdown Awards) in Los Angeles and I am going up to Canada to do some press, and I will be promoting the record," she said.
The key to longevity for McBride is "recording great songs" that mean something to people. "Songs that they can find ownership of and make their own. I have the greatest fans. It's true. I know everybody says that, but my fans go on this journey this me, they are always interested in what I do, and they still show up at the shows and they buy the records. If they didn't do that, I wouldn't be able to do this, so that's really the reason," she said.
Country star Martina McBride
Country star Martina McBride
Kristin Barlowe
McBride paid homage to the late veteran country artists Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson. "I loved Merle Haggard's voice so much and his songwriting. He was just one of the last of a generation that shaped country music into what it is. We are going to miss him terribly," McBride said.
On Lynn Anderson, McBride recalled, "One of the things that I loved the most was getting to sing on stage with Lynn Anderson. I got to sing 'Rose Garden' at the Grand Ole Opry. I didn't know her very well, but she was always so sweet and it just was a thrill to get to share that moment with her on the Opry stage."
The country queen concluded our interview by defining the word success as "happiness" in life.
For more information on Martina McBride and her new music, check out her official homepage.
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