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Soul Sister

Martina McBride colors outside the country lines

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Everlasting

Martina McBride

CD $15.83 (Kobalt)

The Nashville hit-maker revisits some of her favorite R&B and soul classics of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s for this cover-song project she’s releasing on her own label, an obvious labor of love that shows the her passion for great music outside the genre for which she became famous. As McBride channels the spirit, if not necessarily the style, of Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, the Supremes, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley and other artists of those previous eras, on tunes including “Come See About Me,” “Wild Night,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” it’s a testament to the durability of not only these “everlasting” songs, but also to the wide-ranging vocal abilities of a world-class artist who proves she’s capable of much more than country sunshine.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Honky Tonk Heaven

Country stars take a walk on the spiritual side

CountryFaith

Country Faith

Compiled by Deborah Evans Price

Hardcover, 128 pages ($12.99, Zondervan)

Country music has always walked on both sides of the line dividing the sacred and the secular, and this collection—with a host of country acts each expounding on a favorite Bible verse—digs deep into the format’s deep spiritual roots. As Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lee Greewood, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell and more than 45 other superstars, veteran performers and hot newcomers each explain why one particular passage from the Old or New Testament has proven to be especially relevant to their lives and careers, you’re immersed in a uniquely all-star Nashville devotional—and might even come to see some well-known stars in a new heavenly light.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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