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Why Martina McBride Left Nashville to Record Eleven

Martina McBride photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Martina McBride sat down with Suzanne Alexander on a recent episode of On The Streets to talk about her new album, Eleven, and the different approach she took when recording it. The album is Martina’s first for Republic Nashville and the first album she recorded outside of Nashville.

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“I went to Atlanta to record the tracks for this record and I’ve made every other record in Nashville,” said Martina. “So I just got a little out of my comfort zone a little bit and really was able to focus on making the music, get up every day and have absolutely nothing to do except just make music — and we did that for four days. And it was awesome.”

In a recent interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, Martina discussed making the move to Republic Nashville after two decades on the RCA roster. While the split between Martina and her longtime label was amicable, it was also time to move on.

“Sometimes in a long relationship, there comes a time when you just need to shake it up a little bit, and this feels like the first days when I was at RCA,” Martina said. “Everything feels brand new again, and that’s really a great thing, especially this far into a career.”

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In addition to a new label, Martina also hired new management and worked with a new producer on Eleven. The move, coupled with her escape to Atlanta for the recording process, allowed her to focus more on her work and have more freedom creatively.

“I don’t think I’ve ever made a record that had so much of my attention, especially since I had children,” Martina told the paper. “And I love that. I feel like I gave the record the attention that it deserves, and I think that you can really hear the difference.”

Martina will perform on the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night and will also flip a switch to turn the Opry’s backdrop pink for the special Opry Goes Pink show in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. You can catch the show tomorrow night on GAC during Opry Live at 9/8 CT.


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