For her 11th album, veteran country music star Martina McBride does more than change record companies. She also takes a new approach to her sound and style.
During 18 years with RCA Records, McBride grew into one of country music's most consistent recording stars -and one of America's most respected vocalists. A petite woman with a huge voice, McBride became known for issue-oriented female anthems while showing off the dynamic power of her instrument.
With "Eleven," the 45-year-old mother of three presents her most diverse album ever. She still offers a message song, dealing with breast cancer on the touching "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." More typical of her new direction is the effective single, "Teenage Daughters," which mixes a conversational tone with a wry, wise detailing of the challenges of parenthood.
Among the changes, McBride now contributes more as a songwriter, helping compose more than half of her new album. From the cheerful pop-rock of "One Night" to the island sway of "Always Be This Way" to her cover of the rock band Train's hit "Marry Me" (performed as a duet with Train's Pat Monahan), McBride proves she can handle a variety of musical styles with convincing conviction.
CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: The R&B arrangement of "Whatcha Gonna Do" allows McBride to flaunt a soulful side. Not only does the song showcase her vocal range, it also reveals a vulnerability not often heard from a singer known for prideful songs of empowerment.