GAC Album Review: Martina McBride’s Eleven

There have been a few changes for Martina McBride since she released her 2009 album, Shine. For starters, she joined the Republic Nashville label in 2010 and switched up management companies as well. In addition to working with these new partners, Martina is readying her eleventh studio album, appropriately titled Eleven, with the help of [...] Read More

Lauren Alaina’s Debut Album to Be Released October 11

Lauren Alaina will release her debut album, Wildflower, on Oct. 11. She let her fans in on news last Thursday evening through an email before announcing it nationwide during her visit to ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday morning. It will feature her first single, “Like My Mother Does.” “I have always dreamed of making [...] Read More

Martina McBride, Republic and… Reba?

To affix an old Reba McEntire album title on Martina McBride’s career, Martina is… Starting Over. The Kansas-born powerhouse took part in a press conference Monday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to announce she’s ended an 18-year relationship with historic RCA Records to sign with a label still in its infancy, Republic Nashville Records. Sound crazy? Well, at a very surface level, maybe. But there’s a much bigger picture to the whole deal. In the process, she becomes the biggest drawing card on Republic, which means she’s sure to get the kind of intense marketing attention that every artist craves. And it puts her at the hottest company in Nashville: Republic is one of three labels of the Big Machine family, part of playpen that also includes Reba, Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore and The Band Perry. Oh, and some youngster named Taylor Swift. Read More