Martina McBride is gearing up to make a major comeback in mainstream country music! On Friday (Feb. 26) she returned with a new single called "Reckless," marking her first radio single since dropping 2012's "Marry Me" with Pat Monahan. In a recent interview with Billboard, McBride breaks down the meaning of the song title and opens up about her upcoming album.
McBride believes her new track encompasses an entirely different sound than what she normally gravitates to. The four-time Female Vocalist of the Year revealed how decisions she made in her past served as an influence for the lyrics, detailing the complexities of being reckless.
"Well, there are all kinds of 'reckless,'" McBride told Billboard. "Probably the time when I was the most reckless was when I was 19 or 20 years old, and singing in clubs until all hours of the morning, trying to get my career started."
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The 49-year-old Kansas native took a detour from country music with her twelfth studio album, Everlasting (2014), where she covered a variety of songs from soul and R&B artists. It featured renditions of hits like Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me," Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
The single will be her debut release on Nash Icon records. McBride collaborated with writers Zach Crowell, Heather Morgan, and Sarah Buxton, while Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff handled production to bring the single to life.
She continued to work that same team to put the final touches on her forthcoming album, scheduled to release later this year. Getting back into the studio was an "awesome" and "fun" experience for the married mother of three. McBride revealed the album will be an eclectic mix of classic country tunes and pop beats.
"What I love about this album is that it reminds me of Evolution (1997) in that there are a lot of different styles and sounds," McBride said. "There's some things that are a little more country, and then some that are country-pop. It just feels really good. I've found ten amazing songs, and it's just an exciting time. I can't wait for people to hear it."
As of now, the album does not have a name or an official release date.