Country music superstar Martina McBride has made Billboard history last week, according to a post on her official website. She became the first solo female artist in the chart's 50-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Album charts with her latest studio effort "Everlasting," an album that was independently released and distributed. This marked the fifth time in her career that an album of hers has topped these aforementioned charts. It also went on to debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts.
This independent project was released on her new record label, Vinyl Recordings and it was subsequently marked and distributed by Kobalt Label Services. It was recorded in Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennesee, which is owned by McBride and her husband, John.
McBride collaborated on this project with Grammy-award-winning producer Don Was and she covers R&B and soul classics such as "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "Suspicious Minds," "Come See About Me," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," among many others. It included duets with such acclaimed musicians as Kelly Clarkson (who joins her on "In The Basement"), as well as singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw on their rendition of the Sam Cooke hit "Bring It On Home To Me."
Throughout her career in the music industry, which spans over two decades, McBride has sold over 18 million albums, which have included six No. 1 singles, as well as twenty Top 10 singles. She was crowned Country Music Association (CMA) "Female Vocalist of the Year" winner four times, where she is tied with country mega-star Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert for the most wins in that prestigious category. She has also been named "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) three times over the years.
For more information on music sensation Martina McBride and her newest CD "Everlasting," visit her official Facebook page.