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Kelly Clarkson Sets the Bar for Martina McBride on "Everlasting"

Image courtesy of Photo Credit: Randee St. Nicholas (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo Credit: Randee St. Nicholas (via ABC News Radio)

Even though Martina McBride ‘s new CD is a collection of R&B covers, she doesn’t believe Everlasting is that much of a departure for her.

“I just follow my instincts, and in thinking about what I wanted to sing next, and what I wanted to do next, I thought, ‘Well, I’m a country music artist, and a very proud one. But at the end of the day, I'm a vocalist,’” she says. “You know, I love to sing everything. So, in my shows over the years, we've done everything from ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to Pat Benatar to Aretha Franklin to Journey , whatever. So I just wanted to kinda stretch and do something a little different.”

Martina even picked a title that continues the thread she started with her 2005 collection of country classics. “This music is timeless, but I couldn't call it Timeless , 'cause I've done that already. So, it seemed like Everlasting was kind of the same idea. And I just love the idea. It's very musical and poetic.”

The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year also welcomes a couple of guests on the disc. Gavin DeGraw duets with her on the Sam Cooke classic “Bring It On Home to Me,” while Kelly Clarkson helps her sing Etta James ’ “In the Basement.”

“It's a good jumping off place singing with her,” she says of Kelly. “She's an amazing singer-- we all know that. And she has that R&B kinda thing naturally. So yeah, she set the bar,” Martina laughs. “She did. She raised the bar a little bit, and I had to rise to the challenge. I love singing with her, and I love that song.”

Everlasting is new in stores and online today.

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